Ground-breaking held for designer house

Organizers of this year’s Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild Designer House recently hosted a ground-breaking ceremony at The Village at Hendrix.

The home that will be featured is under construction at 1120 Reynolds Ave. at The Village.

Dr. Mary Mosley, president of the symphony guild, welcomed guests and explained the importance of the designer house in providing musical, educational and outreach programs of the Conway Symphony Orchestra. She also introduced this year’s designer house co-chairmen Lindsay Wygal-Henderson and Julie Adkisson, who thanked the sponsors and announced some of the special programs planned in conjunction with the event.

Organizers are selling grand tour tickets for $100 each, which includes a special invitation to the preview event, designer house run of show, a design class, a cooking class and two tickets to the grand finale.

The event includes:

Frauenthal Overture: Sights and Sounds of the Symphony – 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Frauenthal Estate on the campus of Conway Regional Medical Center, 631 Western Ave. in Conway. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the Frauenthal Estate, site of the original designer house in 1995, visit with this year’s designers and see their vision for the 2014 home.

Run of show – Friday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 25, at the home. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. A variety of items will be offered at Guild Gifts during the show.

Design and cooking classes – Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Four design and four cooking classes are being offered.

Finale – 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Southwestern Energy, who is underwriting the event.

501 LIFE publisher/editor Sonja Keith also shared why the magazine chose to become a Presenting Sponsor. “For the last six years, my business partner, Donna Spears, and I have been extremely blessed to be involved in the creation of 501 LIFE — which celebrates the people, places and things that make Central Arkansas a great place,” said Keith. “Today, we are happy at 501 LIFE to serve as a Presenting Sponsor for this year’s designer house and help celebrate the Conway Symphony Orchestra and its Guild as well as the Village at Hendrix.”

Presentations were also made by builder Luke Porter, who is constructing the home that will be used, and Ward Davis, chief executive officer at The Village. A reception followed the ground-breaking at The Village Welcome Center.

Organizers are encouraging the purchase of a grand tour ticket for the designer house as a great gift – for Mother’s Day, birthdays or other occasions.

While providing several opportunities for enjoyment – from the preview event and designer house show to the culinary and design classes – proceeds from the event also help provide musical opportunities in the community.

To purchase tickets, visit or stop by The Village Welcome Center at 1040 Reynolds or 501 LIFE, 701 Chestnut St. in Downtown Conway. For more information, visit Conway Symphony Designer House on Facebook.