Conway Symphony Guild plans ‘Decade of Design” Sept. 6-13

The Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild will present “Decade of Design: Designer House 2018” from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Thursday, Sept. 13. The fundraiser will feature tours of four distinctive homes in historic Conway and The Village at Hendrix on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7-9, as well as a Low Country Shrimp Boil and Saturday Night Dance Party on Sept. 8.

The tour of homes at various locations will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A combination grand tour and shrimp boil ticket provides admittance to the party and house tours and may be purchased at or from a guild member. Individual tour tickets will also be available online and at the door during the home tours in September.

As a bonus, Designer House week will begin 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, with a homeowners seminar panel which includes a mortgage lender, realtor, homebuilder, title company representative and a Conway planning department official. It will be held in the Community Room at Conway Corp on Locust Avenue.

The experts will entertain questions following their presentation. First-time homebuyers, down-sizing homeowners and those wishing to update, buy or sell their homes will benefit from this session. The seminar is open and free to the public, compliments of the CSO Guild and the presenters.

A highlight of ‘Decade of Design’ will be “DIY with DONNA,” workshop demonstrations by Southern Living do-it-yourself demonstrator and 501 LIFE contributor Donna Benton at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Benton is a talented decorator and furniture refinisher, owner of WaterHouse Market, a writer and popular contributor to magazines and publications in the field of design. Some of her Southern Living videos will be posted on the Conway Symphony Designer House Facebook page in the weeks ahead of the symphony event. Admission is by ticket which may be purchased at the Designer House website.

Francis M Fine Jewelry is offering a signature philharmonic medallion necklace to be given away the evening of the shrimp boil. The jewelry may be viewed in advance at the shop’s location at 806 Front St.

Building on a series of biennial Designer House fundraisers beginning in 2008, the guild is ready to celebrate its tradition of bringing unique and lively design events to the Conway area. The guild appreciates the broad support of area businesses, local talent, symphony patrons and the Conway community.

All proceeds will be used to sponsor educational and musical events of the Conway Symphony Orchestra.