TICONDEROGA - The Knights of Columbus has become a hub of activity in downtown Ticonderoga.
The renovated Knights of Columbus hall on Montcalm Street has hosted several major events in the past few months with more coming.
"We've got a lot of events coming up," said Rollin Slattery, grand knight. "The renovation has really paid off. We're booking 4-5 times more events than we did upstairs."
The Knights of Columbus hall, constructed in 1920, was renovated last year.
The renovated building includes a council room, office space, new rest rooms, a kitchen, a lounge and a banquet room. It is handicap accessible and has access to the recently-constructed parking lot at the rear of the building. A new heating system has also been installed.
The second floor lounge and third floor banquet hall have been closed.
Ti's Knights of Columbus has 317 members. More than 120 made financial contributions to the $170,000 project and others provided labor.
And the work continues. A new, 500 square feet parquet dance floor is being installed.
"We have 11 weddings (receptions) and three class reunions scheduled this year so far," Slattery said. "As long we continue to produce quality food from our kitchen and keep our prices down I think we'll continue to be able to book functions."
Slattery noted the Knights are able to offer good prices because members of the service club provide the labor.
"We don't want to make money," he said. "We want to cover the costs of our building and to be able to raise money for charity."
In the last two months the Knights of Columbus have hosted a sold-out comedy night, an Italian Night dinner that hosted a capacity crowd and a Super Bowl party.
During the Super Bowl party the club raffled a 42-inch TV donated by Aaron's. The flat-screen TV was won by Pat Hebert, who gave it to his son Jay. The TVraffle is funding the new dance floor, Slattery said.
The Knights have also started a monthly Sunday morning brunch and are planning to host monthly dinners.
Slattery said the renovated hall has made the Knights a more visible and active member of the downtown community. With seating for 175 people, the hall is available to the public for wedding receptions, anniversary gatherings, birthday parties, class reunions and other events.
The lounge is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. for members and their guests. The new lounge has a custom-made bar by Frank McCabe and has two large, flat-screen TVs to watch sporting events.
The three-story building has about 5,000 square feet on each floor. For years the first floor was rented as commercial space, the second floor housed a lounge and office space, and the third floor was a banquet hall and kitchen.