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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 Nwspapers. I have been a Arts & Culture correspondent for Newsworks, the website for WHYY-TV (PBS in Philadelphia). I have also written for 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. 

In August 2015 my wife Jane and I and our Toller retriever Smarty moved to Savannah, actually Wilmington Island, about 15 minutes from historic downtown and 10 minutes to our favorite, quirky beach town, Tybee Island. 

Jane's family dates back in Savannah to the 1840s and 1850s. Over the past two decades we visited Savannah and Tybee Island quite often and now are pleased to call it home. Our house on Wilmington Island overlooks a beautiful 200-acre stretch of marshland that spotlights an array of egrets, great blue herons, ospreys, red-tail hawks, otters, raccoons and other marsh critters. Many evenings we sit on our lower deck where we enjoy the sights and sounds of “marsh world.”  

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That's Edgar (above), a Great Egret perched on our lower deck on the marsh. BlueBoy (below), is our resident Great Blue Heron who has a wingspan of roughly six feet.  Sporting a large bright yellow bill, BlueBoy often buzzes the marsh early in the morning and toward dusk.  He can strike like lightening to grab a fish or snap up other aquatic or land prey.


Through my writing over the past few years I have traveled to spectacular destinations such destinations Lake Tahoe, 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; Tampa and St. Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida and St. Simons 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 captivating 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 Savannah, the surrounding Lowcountry and other regions of Georgia and the Southeast.  That's Smarty below with pals Willie & Nelson.

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Man in Motion Print E-mail

Ian 03The Hunt Magazine
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.

An Epicurean Journey Print E-mail

Just Say Go
September 2015

Over the past decade the pop culture prestige of chefs has risen dramatically, evolving them into the rock stars that have foodies buzzing. They celebrate the indulgence in, and accessibility of, delicious and inventive dishes.  Along the way some have built vast empires that include hit TV shows and far-flung restaurants. Dining out has grown akin to theatre, with chefs as the headliners drawing huge crowds.Epic 3

That brings us to the latest cutting-edge addition to the culinary world, the Epicurean Hotel launched in Tampa last December. It has serious ambition-- to lure foodies on deluxe culinary-centered vacations at its sunny environs in Tampa’s hip SoHo neighborhood.

The hotel’s goal is to be a national culinary destination on the strength of its exhibitions, festivals and visiting celebrity chefs. They’ve also zeroed in on the locals, offering cooking classes from novice to advanced in a custom theatre that looks like it belongs on the Food Network.  Patrons will be learning in a culinary playground equipped with professional Viking stoves, ovens and refrigerators, All-Clad cookware, and plenty of other top-of-the-line features.

A Tale of Two Wilmingtons Print E-mail

WHYY-TV (PBS/Philly) Website
October 2015

This is a tale of two Wilmingtons.Edgar Web

For two decades we lived in the City. Fifteen of those in Wawaset Park. Two miles from downtown, the neighborhood is a charming oasis with a rich mix of architectural styles. Grand canopies of October Glory and Red Sunset sugar maples overhang the narrow streets. Sidewalks come alive with walkers and their potpourri of canines. After a snowfall, vintage streetlamps glow reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting.

In August my wife Jane and I packed up the house and with our Toller retriever Smarty headed down I-95, traveling 705 miles south. Zipping past the ubiquitous Pedro billboards (South of the Border), crossing over the Pee Dee Rivers, we finally rolled through Savannah, one of America's favorite destinations. A couple of causeways later we dropped anchor on Wilmington Island. Jane's family in Savannah has roots dating back to the 1850s. Go to the evocative Bonaventure Cemetery, the headstones will confirm it. Over the past two decades we often visited Savannah and Tybee Island. It became, as they say, our home away from home.

High Hopes For "Winn-Dixie" Stage Show Print E-mail

July 2015

Bud Martin pushed hard to acquire the musical stage production of the landmark film "Diner" and bring it to the riverfront's Delaware Theatre Company. In the end, he was outbid by Signature, a prominent Arlington, Va. theater company.WinnDixie 01

There was a silver lining. Instead, Martin brought in the musical adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s 2000 best-selling novel "Because of Winn Dixie" that tells the heartwarming story of a 13-year old girl and her preacher father who move to a trailer park in the Florida panhandle. Opal goes into the local supermarket and quickly befriends a lively stray dog. She dubs him Winn Dixie after the store. The scruffy but charming mutt shows how the smallest act of kindness can ripple into a celebration of a once broken community.

"This was definitely serendipity going on here," related Martin, Delaware Theatre Company's artistic  and executive director.

"A friend, Scott Landis, whom I'm involved with in other shows, called me, 'Bud, this needs a home. I think you'll like it.' He sent me some clips of it from a previous show in Arkansas which piqued my interest. I talked to my two granddaughters who told me it was their favorite book. I bought the book and I loved it."

It's a story of joy and magic. It will melt your heart.

Dog Day Afternoon Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Fall 2015

Birthday gifts come in all sizes and shapes. For his fifty-fourth, Willistown's Steve Sansone received a Giant Schnauzer named Baccus. Robust and powerfully built, the canine's long, bushy whiskers, beard and eyebrows make for a  striking figure.NDS 03

Sansone's wife Cynthia purchased Baccus when he was nine months old from the prominent Skansen Kennels in Sebastopol, Calif.  Believing he had champion potential as a young pup, the Sansones hired a handler and began competing in various shows throughout the country, including the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Baccus won a first award of merit in his breed class-- a nice showing for a rookie-- and was the third highest rated dog of the eleven entries in his breed class at Westminster.

Baccus went on to rack up a string of top-flight show awards. Then  came Skansen Havannah. He won the breed class in the 2013 National Dog Show and was retired last year as America's No. 1 Giant Schnauzer.

"It's kind of funny, both the sport and the breed found us," relates Sansone, a thoroughbred horseman for 25 years.  "As for the competitions, you're subjected to the judges' opinions and they are going to vary from week to week. You just have to go into it for the fun and sport, and if you win, enjoy the achievement. You meet some wonderful people and it's a great social life. Cynthia and I hope to do it for a long time."  

Food For Thought Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Summer 2015

As the sun dipped behind a grove of oak and hickory trees last September, a rising column of smoke caught the corner of my eye as I joined a stream of guests hiking up to a late 1600s bank barn at Haskell Farm. Then the aroma hit me, an intoxicating whiff of slow-roasting meat.  Sikora 1

Dressed in a green Garrison Cyclery T-shirt and shorts, chef Bryan Sikora breezily chatted up visitors while manning grill grates  laden with meaty racks of spice-rubbed hangar steak and luscious chicken wings preparing a farm-to-table bonanza for 90 fortunate patrons of Haskell's final dinner of the summer.  

Sikora understands how to coax the best flavor from the farm's late summer bounty. Gently dressed and lightly grilled, his gorgeous ode to freshly picked vegetables -- green, red and yellow peppers, zucchini, beans, squash and several varieties of corn -- is a platter brimming with colorful, hearty and healthy goodness.  The smoky flavor provided just the right accompaniment to the grilled local chicken. Equally pleasing was the hangar steak served with hominy or snugged into taco shells warm off the grill with queso fresco and luscious ripe tomatoes.

Haskell's SIW farm stand is a go-to spot for Sikora during the growing season. Sikora delicately loads up his bounty of veggies just picked that morning-- yellow and green squash, Doc Martin lima beans, heirloom tomatoes, an array of varieties of eggplant, and cherry tomatoes. He transports it all to La Fia where he spills out the still-wet-with-dew veggies atop the kitchen table.

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