The Conway Symphony Designer Houses will open for a special preview party at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.

The party will feature a lavish cocktail buffet catered by Jill Bingham McCollum, with musical entertainment from a Conway Symphony string quartet and other performers. Tickets are $50, and include food, beverages, tours of both houses, and the after-party. Tickets are available at, and at the door if the event has not sold out.

After four weeks of transformation by 19 professional designers, the public is invited to view the results with tours of two houses, located at 1005 Edinburgh & 1025 Edinburgh, in Turnberry, on Prince Street in Conway.

Turnberry has been called "West Conway’s intimate neighborhood for carefree living featuring European-inspired architecture developed by Watson Homes."

Participating designers include: Jessi Payne, JoAnn Huselton, Ashley Carson, Helen Lockhart, Beverly Arnold, Mary Kordsmeier, Alicia Gough, Bobbi Jo Feltmon, Marta Mobbs, Pam Hueston, Donna Benton, Melissa Heard, Cortney McMoran, and Heather Daley of Conway; Debi Davis, Loren Stanton, Jayson Cain, and Beth Robinson of Little Rock, and Gary Morris of Hot Springs.

Their styles range from classical to modern, as they add their professional touches to rooms ranging from a little girl’s fantasy bedroom to a loft living area.

The winning designer, as selected by local celebrity judges, will be announced at Opening Night.

The judges reviewing the designers’ work include Brad Lacy, CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation; Mayor Tab Townsell and Donna Townsell; Ward Davis, of The Village at Hendrix; Renee Shapiro of Channel 7; UCA Athletic Director Brad Teague and Gina Teague; and Katy Allen, wife of Kris Allen.

Following the Opening Night event, the houses will remain open for tours through Nov. 9, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10-5, and Sundays 1-5 (closed Mondays).

Tour tickets are $15 in advance at (must be purchased before Oct. 18) and $20 at the door once the houses are open. A Run of Show ticket is available for unlimited tours for $35.

New this year, the Designer House committee is offering The Whole Score ticket for $100, which includes unlimited tours, the Opening Night event, a Ladies Night Out on Oct. 25, and a Wine Tasting on Nov. 1.

Run of Show and The Whole Score tickets can be purchased at Fletcher Smith Jeweler’s, the Faulkner Co. Library, or the UCA Music Department office, and are also available on the CSO website.

For more information on the Designer House tours and events, or to be involved as a sponsor or volunteer, contact co-chairs Allison Vetter at (501) 733-3208 or Katherine Thomason at (501) 428-0349.

The Designer House is presented by the Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild, and all proceeds benefit the Conway Symphony Orchestra. The CSO Guild supports the educational and outreach programs of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, including a classroom program and free performances. The Conway Symphony Orchestra is now in its 28th season of presenting professional concerts, exciting guest artists and high-quality music to the Central Arkansas community.

Vicki Crockett is general manager of the Conway Symphony Orchestra.