SYKESVILLE — Main Street in Sykesville was fairly quiet Wednesday morning, in between short bursts of country music.
The music was coming from outdoor speakers that were being installed through the Downtown Sykesville Connection and its collaboration with local businesses.
“This is a reflection of the collaboration with property owners,” said DSC Executive Director Julie Della-Maria, standing next to a cherry picker installing a speaker outside E.W. Beck’s. “It shows the community really pulling together for the basic good.”
The eight speakers will provide ambient and holiday music, as well as evenly distributed sound for festivals and events — rather than sound from one speaker as has been done in the past.
Tobi Butler, an employee at S.K. Printing, said that was good news.
As if coordinated in conjunction with this summer's influx of rain, the Downtown Sykesville Connection has created a mural scavenger hunt to tell the legend of a creature that comes out when it floods.
The speakers — which Della-Maria said are the first to be fully installed on buildings instead of mounted on poles — will be located at Firehouse Creamery, Patapsco Distilling Co., E.W. Beck’s, State Farm Insurance, Cowboys & Angels, Sweet Simplici-tea, by the park across from the Visitor Center and by the volunteer fire department building.
They are being put on the buildings, she said, because Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. will not allow anything to be to installed on phone poles and street lights for leisure.
And to ensure the historic quality of the buildings is preserved in accordance with the Historic District Commission, the speakers will be painted.
“We are about to paint them according to our agreement with the HDC,” Della-Maria said, “to respect that [Sykesville] is an historical town.”