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About Terry Conway

 For the past fifteen years I’ve been a contributing writer to a variety of national & regional magazines, daily newspapers and websites. I have written about an array of topics such as arts & culture, chefs, food & drink, business entrepreneurs, travel, history, thoroughbred racing, and the animal and natural world.

Most recently my work has been published regularly in Blood-Horse, Long Island Boating World and The Hunt and PA Equestrian magazines. I've also contributed articles to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, the Delaware County Times, and the Montgomery County Newspapers. I have been an Arts & Culture correspondent for Newsworks, the website for WHYY-TV (PBS in Philadelphia).

I have been a correspondent to ESPN.com, America's Best Racing, the Paulick Report and Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. I am a regular contributor to the following top-flight travel websites: JustLuxe, JustSayGo, Gallaghers Travels and SeeTheSouth, as well as the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association website.

After spending the past two decades in Wilmington, Delaware, my wife Jane, our Toller retriever Smarty and I have moved to Melbourne Beach, Fla. Located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, Melbourne Beach sits on the southern end of Florida's "Space Coast." The famed coastal highway A1A runs directly along the Atlantic. Melbourne Beach (pop. 3,500) offers unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters and thousands of beautiful seabirds and long-legged shorebirds.

Head north 25 miles on A1A and you arrive at Cape Canaveral, for decades our nation's gateway to exploring and understanding our universe. Today, Cape Canaveral is a hub for many of the most exciting new private space projects such as SpaceX, the rocket and spacecraft company founded by Elon Musk (manufacturer of Tesla vehicles). Upwards of 30 launches are planned in 2016.

Back down to earth traveling on two-lane A1A south from Melbourne Beach's compact business area brings you to a series of secluded and undeveloped natural beaches. Bonsteel Park's two-acre beach provides an excellent vantage point to catch glimpses of passing dolphins, while the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is recognized as the most important nesting area for loggerhead turtles in the western hemisphere. It's also home to the gigantic leatherback turtles.

Nearby is Sebastian Inlet State Park which connects the Indian River Lagoon with the Atlantic Ocean. Its jetty break is recognized as one of the surf world's high-performance hot spots. Three generations of world-class surfers have surfed here, including six-time world champion Kelly Slater. The 600-acre park is also celebrated for world-class fishing, and plenty of seabirds and wildlife.

Through my writing over the past decade I have traveled to spectacular destinations such as Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. and Sun Valley, Idaho; Cody, Wyoming/Yellowstone Park; Saratoga Springs, the Adirondacks, Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck, New York; Port Clyde and Monheghan Island, Maine; Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey; Middleburg, Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia.

Other travel adventures have included Tampa and St. Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida; and St. Simons and Jekyll Island, Georgia. My travel articles thoughtfully explore the history of the region along with museums, music and the arts, chefs and restaurateurs, wineries and craft breweries, outdoor and sporting adventures as well as profiling intriguing personalities of those regions.

In addition to my writing career I owned a marketing company where I represented a diversified list of clients in the areas of publicity, marketing and business development-- such as the famed Baldwin's Book Barn, Thoroughbred Charities of America and the Kahunaville restaurant chain. In another life I was the founder, publisher and editor of Life Sports Magazine.

Along with Jane and Smarty I look forward to writing about new adventures in Melbourne Beach, the "Space Coast" and other Florida destinations. That's Smarty below with his pals Willie and Nelson.

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Melbourne Beach: A Space Coast Gem Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

February 2016

Did you know that parrots are the third most popular pet in the world? Trouble is they live a long time. Cockatoos and Amazonian parrots can reach the age of 75 or older, so there are a lot of bird castaways. In a cozy Dutch colonial house in Melbourne Beach, Fla., Luann Apple provides a home for unwanted exotic birds often nursing them back to health.MB 01

Birds like Woody, a glorious blue and gold Macaw that now flourishes in this healthy tropical setting. Apple's ultimate goal is to ready the birds for adoption, finding them a good home which bestows a lot of love.

My wife Jane and I discovered the parrot sanctuary on a stroll down Ocean Avenue on a recent visit to the ocean-side community. Located on the barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Melboune Beach (pop. 3,600) offers unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters with large dunes blanketed with sea oats and native wildflowers.

It's truly a taste of Old Florida charm and ease.

Battle for the Barriers Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

February 2016

Let's cut to the chase. The New York Times has called it "the most important environmental law that no one's ever heard of."Barriers 1

The 1982 law-- the Coastal Barrier Resources Act-- was engineered to protect relatively undeveloped coastal barriers along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts as part of the Coastal Barrier Resources System and made these areas ineligible for most new federal subsidies and financial assistance.

Two Republicans, Representative Thomas Evans Jr. of Delaware and Rhode Island's Senator John Chafee co-authored the legislation. When the bills were introduced, almost no one gave them a chance of being passed. They were opposed by the National Association of Homebuilders, the National Board of Realtors, big oil companies and many other high profile wealthy lobbying groups. Evans and Chafee built their own coalition that included environmentalists, hunters, fishermen, deficit hawks, firefighters, police officers, and the American Red Cross. In Congress Evans and Chafee cobbled together liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans to vote for the measure that President Ronald Reagan signed into law on October 18, 1982.

Navigating St. Simons Island Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

January 2016

Seeking gold in the New World, Spanish explorers originally came ashore more than four centuries ago. What they stumbled upon was its astonishing beauty, mild weather and abundant wildlife. They christened the lands the Golden Isles.SSI 01

As the largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island lies across from the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by Sidney Lanier’s poem of the same name. Punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, the pristine stretches of marshland create the appearance of a continuous stretch of land reaching out to the barrier islands. Eugenia Price, one of the South's most popular authors of antebellum romantic fiction, often spoke of the "special light" on St. Simons. Turning a beautiful golden color in the fall, the expansive marsh grasses are especially dramatic when lit by the setting sun.

A fragile yet enormously productive ecosystem, salt marshes are considered as some of the most extensive and productive marshlands in the world. It is a nursery for commercial seafood where decomposing plant material becomes an ideal source of food for blue crabs, shrimp, oysters, clams and all manner of small fish. The vast coastal ecosystem breeds an abundance of fishing opportunities. A short run off the Golden Isles beaches, the natural and manmade reefs are teeming with kingfish, mackerel, Spanish mackerel, cobia, bonita and amberjack. Further offshore, shark and tarpon can usually be hooked, best time being from mid-summer through the early fall.

Judgment Day Print E-mail

 The Skinnie Magazine

January 2015

 Vale Rideout began singing around the family campfire in Fort Collins, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. By age twelve he was sold on becoming a stage performer. A superb tenor with the ability to consistently deliver passionate and energetic performances, Rideout has garnered critical acclaim for his musical artistry in both the United States and Europe.


Back in 2006, Rideout won the gold medal at Savannah's American Traditions Competition (ATC). Now the ATC's artistic consultant, one of his primary duties is selecting the panel of celebrity judges who evaluate contestants who hail from all over the country in the nationally renowned vocal competition. In its 23rd year, the 2016 competition runs at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church and the Lucas Theatre in Savannah from Feb. 21 through Feb. 25.

The 28 vocalists and their accompanists perform classic American music pieces in hopes of delivering a winning performance and taking home the Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation Gold Medal Award with a $12,000 cash prize. The total ATC prize fund is $40,000. The musical styles range from modern cabaret, operas, blues, jazz, art song, gospel, folk, country & western, and in classifications such as musical theater, Hollywood, Great American Songbook and the songs of Johnny Mercer.

Man Behind the Curtain at Delaware Theatre Co. Print E-mail

WHYY-TV (PBS/Philly)
December 2015

With the runaway success of his stage productions over the past three years, Bud Martin has firmly planted the flag of the Delaware Theatre Company. Net result: the number of  local ticket sales and theater subscribers have soared. Broadway theatrical owners, agents, actors and investors have all come calling to the Wilmington Riverfront venue.BMartinDTC 01

A veteran theatrical producer and director who has worked on both Broadway and London's West End, since Martin's arrival for the 2012- 2013 season DTC has seen a 40 percent surge in the number of subscribers, while subscription revenue has climbed by 65 percent. Single ticket sales have risen 221 percent. Revenues have swelled 234 percent and donations have increased by 109 percent.

The top three grossing shows of Delaware Theatre Company's 37 year history have all been staged on Martin's watch-- "Because of Winn-Dixie" (2015), "Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life," (2015) and "Ain't Misbehavin,'" (2014). Martin's success is the envy of many regional theaters. These days he is fielding calls from premiere talent agencies such as William Morris and Creative Artists Agency.

Man in Motion Print E-mail

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Fall 2015

Dark clouds fill the morning sky as a parade of dancers file into the glass-fronted Louise Reed Center for Dance on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Principal dancer Ian Hussey and his Pennsylvania Ballet colleagues make the pilgrimage most weekdays for a 10 o'clock class. Each of the 40 members of the Corps de Ballet carve out a tiny space and begin mind-bending physical stretches to ready themselves for the day's workout and the upcoming production of the iconic "Swan Lake" in which Hussey will dance the lead male role of Prince Siegfried.

Dressed in a light green tank top, black tights and worn ballet slippers, Hussey is warming up at the barre-- a wooden or metal waist-height horizontal rail. The dancers use it as support as they work through exercises on one side of their bodies at a time keeping tempo with piano player Brian Chronister. The music repertoire  ranges from Broadway's Mame to Danny Boy to pop and classical  standards.

Pliés are performed that stretch the muscles of the legs and prepare for the exercises to follow. So is a rond de jambe where the extended leg with pointed toe remains on the floor and sweeps around in a semi-circular motion. In a bourree, small, quick, even steps-- usually done on the very tip of the toe-- give the impression of gliding across the floor.

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