Blairmont Club to celebrate expansion at grand opening

Enclosed, heated veranda will allow for year-round weddings, events

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blairmont Club has taken another step to improve its facility for its members and to increase business.

Work was recently completed by Mid-State Awning of Bellefonte and Ralph J. Albarano and Sons Inc. to enclose the terrace veranda area at the rear of the building, constructed in 1924.

That will enable the heated and enclosed veranda to be open year-round for members and their guests to enjoy the “million-dollar view” of Hollidaysburg.

The enclosed veranda is made up of about 22 panels, which can be removed in the spring.

Completion of the $100,000 project will enable the Blairmont Club to hold more weddings and offer more events for its members and guests.

Weddings have been a longtime staple at the club.

“Some of the biggest weddings in the history of the county have been held here,” said Michael Kranich Sr., managing partner of Blair­mont Club LLC and president of the Blairmont board. “A lot of our members were married here.”

The Blairmont Club typically holds between 15 and 20 weddings a year, said Donald Zolnosky, general manager and chief operating officer.

“It increases our capacity by 175 people. It enables us to hold larger events during the winter that we usually would hold in the spring and summer,” Zolnosky said. “We hope to hold more weddings from January to April with this enclosure. We’ve already booked two weddings for January.”

“It’s a big deal for weddings. We can now hold 400 people. It also frees up space for members. Members will be able to use more of the club. We’ll be able to do more member-related events even if a wedding is going on,” Kranich said.

Kranich said the club is always trying to enhance its members’ experiences and is known for its high-quality food.

“We feel the food is at the top of the list. Our membership is at an all-time high. Now, we have over 400 members. Each has been gained in the last few years. The reason is the food is great,” Kranich said.

The club is considering placing a cap on the number of members.

“We get continuing de­mand. We need to continue to provide the service at the level we have,” Kranich said.

The club has played a key role in the community over the years.

“The Blairmont Club has been an integral part of the business community, bringing people together in a variety of social ways and educational programs. They’re a private club but so very community-oriented,” said Pres­ident/CEO Joe Hurd of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.

The Blairmont Club will hold a grand opening for its members and guests to celebrate the opening of the enclosed terrace veranda from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.