Our Community Gardens, their volunteers & activities

The Downtown Sykesville Connection Green, Clean and Safe Committee (Green Committee) is composed of residents and Master gardeners working jointly to create green spaces and support sustainable environmental efforts within the downtown Sykesville community.

The Green Committee manages the Sykesville Community Gardens and conducts most of its activities at the Sykesville ‘Eileen M. Merkle’ Community Garden, overlooking Main Street, in the heart of our downtown at 7547 Main Street.

Volunteer’s opportunities and educational programs are held at this location throughout the spring, summer and fall months of the year. Consult our Facebook event page for more information.

DSC Green Committee & Sykesville Eileen Merkle Community Garden

The mission of the Community Garden is to provide safe, educational, and aesthetically pleasing spaces for visitors eager to learn about gardening and sustainability; to offer residents a place to grow fresh produce, free of synthetic pesticides and herbicides; and to engage the whole community in fun neighborly activities, while supporting local businesses and organizations.The Community Garden has many unique features including: raised beds where we practice sustainable agriculture methods (ex. lasagna gardening, companion planting), a pollinator garden, a tim garden, bird houses and butterfly boxes, educational signs, a compost system, rain barrel, solar dehydrator, and even a Little Free Library. Its inviting atmosphere and safe location allows its use for therapeutic purposes. It also harbors herb and medicinal plants used by several wellness groups in our community.The Green Committee members work together with the Carroll County Master Gardeners, several Girl and Boy Scout troops (including Eagle Scouts), and local farms, restaurants, and breweries. The Community Garden is free to the public and operates on a “pick a weed, take a veggie” system.

Posted by Sykesville 'Eileen M. Merkle' Community Garden on Sunday, November 24, 2019


Green Committee’s mission

The Downtown Sykesville Connection’s Green Committee strives to increase outreach and train community members to end littering, improve recycling and beautify our community through green initiatives. The Green Committee seeks to make Sykesville a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work, and play, while promoting individual responsibility for the community environment.

The Green Committee operations are largely organized around the maintenance and development of both of the community gardens – the main garden at 7547 Main Street, Sykesville and the Schoolhouse garden at 518 Schoolhouse Road, Sykesville – and the cold frames at 731 Sandosky Road, Sykesville.

Green Committee Chair: Laura Donnel

Green Committee Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Sykesville ‘Eileen M. Merkle’ Community Garden, weather permitting, 7:15 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.

Other contact information:  DSC’s Executive Director: Julie Della-Maria juliedellamaria@gmail.com



Green Committee’s responsibilities

The DSC Green Committee conducts most of its operations at the Sykesville ‘Eileen M. Merkle’ Community Garden, on Town property and coordinates with the Town the upkeep of the gardens.

Green committee duties: the GCS committee plant, maintain and winterize the community gardens at both the Main Street location and the Historic Schoolhouse location, between April and the second week of October.

The Green committee hosts a total of 10 events at either one of these locations throughout the summer and fall, and 1 event at the cold frames by the little Sykes railroad.

The Green committee ensures that the areas where the activities are taking place are left clean after the activities.

The Green committee trims, maintains and waters plants added to the garden flowerbeds described below.

The Green committee plants, maintains and waters the Main Street flower pots and the Parklet planters between April and October.

The Green committee repairs and varnishes as needed the dedicated bench at the Main Street location.

The GCS committee maintains the cold frames on Sandosky Road.


Green committee’s garden locations

The GCS committee’s garden locations and the areas for which the GCS committee is responsible are described below.

Garden map 20190925

The GCS committee is responsible for planting, maintaining, watering and winterizing these larger flowerbeds and the flowerbeds lining the adjacent property.

  • The Schoolhouse garden, 518 Schoolhouse Road, Sykesville MD.

The GCS committee is responsible for planting, maintaining, watering and winterizing the 2 sets of flowerbeds

  • The cold frames, 731 Sandosky Road, Sykesville MD.

Cold frames

The GCS committee is responsible for the maintenance of the cold frames.


Upcoming Events

Third Annual Cocoa Crawl @ Main Street Sykesville
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us Saturday, February 15th from 11 AM – 4 PM for the 3rd Annual Sykesville Main Street Cocoa Crawl!

Presented by the fabulous merchants of Main Street.

Join us Saturday, February 15th from 11 AM – 4 PM for the 3rd Annual Sykesville Main Street Cocoa Crawl!
Presented by the fabulous merchants of Main Street.
Purchase a collectible Sykesville Main St cocoa mug and visit all the participating stores to sample their version of Cocoa. Walk Main street and enjoy the festive music. Take advantage of store sales and community cheer.
All proceeds go toward merchant hosted events such as all our First Friday and cider stroll giveaways.
This year the Main Street merchants designed a large commemorative traveling mug with a lid that will be on sale for $10/mug or 5 mugs for $40.00.
Cocoa Crawl commemorative Sykesville mugs will be available for purchase (while supplies last) at the Patapsco Distilling Company, 7609 Main Street, Sykesville on the day of the event.

*Non-refundable, the event is rain or shine.

*Information provided to the Downtown Sykesville Connection will not be used for any purpose other than the distribution and/or confirmation of receipt of tickets.

*The Downtown Sykesville Connection is not responsible for any situations that arise due to the Square transaction system.


Harry Potter Trivia Night by the Main Street Merchants @ Sykesville Main Street
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Harry Potter Trivia Night by the Main Street Merchants @ Sykesville Main Street

Come dressed in your Best Harry Potter get up and get ready for fun!
No Muggles, please!

2020 Harry Potter First Friday Special/location list:
– French Twist – Welcome Tent: Platform 9 ¾: photo Op with fog machine and props.
Learn about the rules, and pick up your scavenger hunt and trivia booklet,
Special will be: Hagrid’s mulled wine (Adults only)
– Baldwin Station: Hogsmeade Station
Special Cocktails – Wizards Brew and House-made Butter Beer, $5 each
– The Vine on Main: The Apothecary
Special – Serving Felix Felicis – Good Luck Potion. Adult and kid-friendly versions.
Special Harry Potter jewelry for sale.
– Patapsco Distilling Co: The Hog’s Head
Specialty Cocktails – Bourbon Butterbeer, Polyjuice Potion, Goblet of Fire, Unicorn Blood & The Phoenix Feather – $6.50 each
– Sykesville Pottery & Art Center: Magical Menagerie
Make and Take Dragon Egg. It will cost $8 per person.
We will also have a kids night for mythical creatures: $45 includes pizza and drink.
– Hair by Samsara: Hairy Potter’s Wizarding World
– Firehouse Creamery: Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor
– Wind River: Madame Malkin’s Robes For All Occasions
– Gypsy Sister: Twilfitt and Tattings
– TriSport Junction: Quality Quidditch Supplies
– Dandelion Bakery: Sugar Plum Sweet Shop
– Design of Mind: Eeylops Owl Emporium
Make and Take Owl Craft
– Sweet Simplici-Tea: Madame Puddifoot’s Tea Shop
– Revive & Company: Olivander’s Wand Shop
– Beck’s: The Three Broomsticks
Specials includeKreacher’s French Onion Soup
Butterbeer Cupcake
Gryffindor Olde Fashioned
Slytherin Martini
Firewhisky Cocktail
– Cowboys and Angels: Gringot’s Wizarding Bank
– Norwood’s Ice Cream and Candy: Honeydukes Sweet Shop
– Unwined: Borgin and Burkes
– The Market Tavern: The Leaky Cauldron
– A Likely Story: Florish and Blotts
– Georgie Lu’s: Master Georges Robes and Children’s Wear
– Branches of Yoga: The Forbidden Forest
HP women’s tank top for sale
Have You Seen This Wizard? Photo booth
Learn new yoga poses, “Expecto Patronum” and “Aragog, King of Arachnids”
– Pin It Up Acupuncture: Snape’s Potions Class
– Dandelion Bakery: Sugar Plum Sweet Shop
10th Annual Art & Wine Festival @ Sykesville main street
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We came together by staying apart.

Sykesville Art & Wine Festival, on Saturday May 30, 12 to 5pm

The Downtown Sykesville Connection (DSC) decided to add to the 8 weeks confinement period implemented by the CDC to reschedule its events as a celebration of the end of confinement and commemoration of the importance of togetherness. We hope that you join us in reclaiming our Main Street, our freedom to come and go, for a giant “cheers to community” with domestic and foreign reds, whites, rosés, sangrias, wines, cavas and other specialty wines that will be available for unlimited sampling with your collectible Sykesville glass.

Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase now for $35!

Tickets will be available at the door on the event day for $40.

Volunteer for the event

The 2020 wine sampling is as exciting and diverse as our live entertainment, local artists, and food trucks display! Three different music venues, street performers and tons of local artists will await you in downtown Sykesville.  The event also showcases the local business community, embodying an atmosphere of old-fashioned, historic, small-town charm.

Vendor registration info is available at:

Maryland Wines (to date):
Linganore Winecellars
Cove Point Winery


California, Washington State WinesInternational Wines
Details coming soon!

Music South Main Street:

Garrett Mabe’s Trio

Music North Main Street:

DJ Gregory Hilliard

This event was made possible thanks to our:





The Downtown Sykesville Connection and the Town of Sykesville look forward to seeing you on Main Street on May 3rd!


Non-refundable, event is rain or shine.

NO PETS ALLOWED (Town Ordinance 301, which modified the Town Code. The Town Code reference for the “no pets or animals allowed at Town events is: Chapter 51, Article 1, Sections 51-1 through 51-)

*Information provided to the Downtown Sykesville Connection will not be used for any purpose other than the distribution and/or confirmation of receipt of tickets.

*The Downtown Sykesville Connection is not responsible for any situations that arise due to the Paypal transaction system.

*By attending the 2020 Sykesville Art & Wine Festival I understand that I may be photographed or videotaped for promotional or educational purposes.

2020 Let Freedom Ring Parade @ Sykesville Main Street
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The third edition of the “Let Freedom Ring Parade will start at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 4 at Sykesville Middle School and route the length of Historic Main Street. Marching bands, old cars, floats, and other patriotic elements are expected on Main Street for the enjoyment of the whole family.
We hope to see you there to cheer for the participants and enjoy a small town 4th of July celebration together.

Submit your float application to enter our float contest! The winner will take home a $500 cash prize!

Email us at DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for more details!


This event was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of our title sponsors:






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