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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, prominent daily news- papers and web sites.  Currently my work appears in Blood Horse magazine, Long Island Boating World magazine, The Hunt magazine, and PA Equestrian as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Delaware County Times, the Montgomery County Newspapers and Newsworks, the website of WHYY-TV (PBS in Philly).  I am a regular contributor to JustLuxe, JustSayGo,  Gallaghers Travels  and SeeTheSouth -- topflight travel websites - and have contributed travel articles to the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association website.

While many of my articles have spotlighted the world of art and special travel destinations, many folks ask, why horse racing? Well, it was America’s first sport. Andrew Jackson kept a stable when he was in the White House (1829-1837). Only four sportswriters have won the Pulitzer Prize and all of them wrote at one time or another about horseracing. It is all about chasing dreams, the fiercest rivalries, the wildest flukes and larger-than-life personalities, equine and human. The stories are personal, often laced with humor. And, unlike most professional athletes when you show up, the horse’s connections are pleased to talk with you.

 

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I have been a regular contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine since 2003, and I have been a racing correspondent to ESPN.com, where I focus on historical racing stories. My work also appears on America’s Best Racing - the website of the Jockey Club, Equidaily.com, and TheRacingBiz.com. I have covered racing for Pennsylvania Equestrian since 2006; wrote a Sunday column on racing for several years for the Chester County (Pa.) daily newspaper; and write about racing and the horse world for The Hunt magazine in the mid-Atlantic region.

I represented clients for nearly a decade in the areas of marketing and publicity such as the Kahunaville restaurant chain, Baldwin’s Book Barn and Thoroughbred Charities of America. In a former life I was the editor, publisher and owner of Life Sports Magazine.

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My wife Jane, our toller retriever Smarty and I live in the historic neighborhood of Wawaset Park in Wilmington, Del. A century ago it was the state fairgrounds, home to a top-tier standardbred racetrack. Today, the grand old track can be visualized on a stroll along a pair of crescent-shaped roads that together circle the inside of the park. A couple of hitching posts still remain and occasionally, a time-worn horse shoe is dug up. Life sure does turn circles.

 

Photos of Terry, Riding in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, and Smarty on the homepage - by Jane Conway.

 

 

Richmond: Growing A Dynamic "New South" Destination Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
December 15, 2014

You could always count on Richmond being all things Confederate. After all, it didn’t just secede from the nation, it became the capital of the Confederacy. No trip to Virginia's capital has been complete without a drive down tree-shaded Monument Avenue. Striking bronze statues of Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, Jefferson Davis and others line the center parkway leading downtown to the Confederate White House, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Confederate Memorial Chapel.Rich 1

But, here's the thing. If you are one of the countless folks who happen to be flying past Richmond on I-95, you are missing out on an intriguing stopover.  Over the past half dozen years the city has morphed into a robust destination, one of the cultural icons of the “New South." Century-old tobacco warehouses have been transformed into lofts and art studios and the formerly buttoned-up downtown now has life after dusk.  Independent businesses are bustling with people.  The historic Altria Theater has just undergone a $63 million renovation. There is a vigorous and varied food scene that is gaining national attention.

Moving beyond its fixation with the Civil War, a new generation has brought a younger vibe to this city that lies on the fall line of the James River in central Virginia. Richmond has emerged as a top-flight player on the Southern arts and culinary scene.  Roots-based Southern restaurants and cafes are mixing down-home flavors with cuisine inspired by the state's varying coastal and farm regions.

 
Jamie's World Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Winter 2014

He lives his life and paints his pictures from the vantage point of isolated islands.JWyeth Hunt1

James Browning Wyeth's connection to Monhegan Island-- ten nautical miles off the mid-Maine coast-- dates to the summers of the late 1950s when he first vacationed there with his father Andrew. Inspired by the rocky landscape, rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean vistas, he purchased the cottage and studio of famed artist Rockwell Kent in 1968. Wyeth also owns a more isolated  cottage and studio on Southern Island just off the coast of the picturesque village of Tenants Harbor.  

Point Lookout Farm near Chadds Ford is yet another symbolic Wyeth island.  It is named for the rocky ridge of land that crosses what was once a major Indian trail and commands a sweeping view of the tumbling Brandywine River below. An isolated property, Point Lookout has been a primary location for the artist's portraits of an odd and magical mix of animals that encompass so much of Wyeth’s personality, humor, wit and sense of wonder.

Wyeth's worlds will all be celebrated in "Jamie Wyeth," the first retrospective devoted to his career at the Brandywine Museum of Art on display from January 17 through April 5. The traveling exhibition will present a full range of work, consisting of  111 paintings, works on paper, illustrations, and mixed media assemblages (collages of three-dimensional items).  The artist's works provide an in-depth examination of his stylistic evolution while showcasing the diversity of an artistic output now in its sixth decade.

Finished works will be shown alongside the preparatory drawings and studies. They trace the wide arc of the artist's development from his childhood drawings at age three through various recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that Wyeth knows so well.

 
Vinyl Making a Comeback Print E-mail

Newsworks
WHYY-TV (PBS)
December 2014

Newspapers are shrinking, flip phones are disappearing, and vinyl records are back.GroovesTubes 1

Left for dead with the advent of CDs in the 1980s, vinyl is making a comeback with a new generation. While records are not going to replace digital music on IPods, smart phones and laptops, demand has been strong enough for major electronics companies to start making old-fashioned turntables again.

Last week Adam Martin was scouring the record bins at the Grooves and Tubes shop in Centerville searching for some rare finds.

“There is a much warmer sound with albums compared to digital downloads," related Martin,  28, a paralegal who lives in Greenville. "It's the sound that the artist intended when they recorded their music. I think the way music has been consumed it's been so instant and immediate that there is now a backlash by young people who really appreciate music. They are focused on buying more and more vinyl. It's about making music tangible, enjoying the whole experience."

About a quarter of a century ago vinyl LPs began their decline in popularity. First came the cassette and when CDs took hold, record labels shuttered their LP pressing plants. While there was still a devoted audience of record collectors, the general public flocked to CDs, prized for their portability. Vinyl records were crushed. However, over the past decade CDs have lost significant ground to digital downloads and to the rising use of streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.

 
It's About Time Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Winter 2014

America's first soldier, George Washington, carried one. Gentlemen stored them in the watch pocket of the vest of their three-piece suits. Ubiquitous until the First World War, locomotive engineers and conductors counted on their timepieces to keep the trains running on time.Watch 4

Travel to the little Susquehanna river town of Columbia, Pa. and you will discover one of the finest collections of pocket watches at the National Watch & Clock Museum. With an entrance evocative of the Acropolis, the museum houses more than 12,500 clocks, watches, timepieces and timekeepers, a third of them on display.

The timepieces range from sundials and a replica of a 5,000-year-old Egyptian pot that measured water dripping at a steady pace to atomic clocks capable of dividing "time" into microscopic parts to Mickey Mouse watches, all housed in its 18,000 square feet space. Visitors learn why time is important and how time shapes our world.

"Humans have never been able to control the weather, the seasons, or the passage of time itself," says Noel Poirier, museum director since 2007. "Measuring time is the closest we’ll get to it. It may be the defining act of civilization. It makes planning and strategy possible. When watches and clocks became affordable for everyday people, it gave them back the control of their daily lives."

The largest such institution in the country, the museum's main focus is on 19th century American timepieces, but it also displays earlier English tall-case clocks, similar to grandfather clocks, and timepieces from Asia and Europe.

 
Main Sequence: Storms Home in BC Turf Print E-mail

PA Equestrian
December 2014

He came. He saw. He conquered. And then some.Main 1

Since arriving at trainer Graham Motion’s stable from England last winter, Main Sequence is a perfect four-for-four. He capped off his brilliant season in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf  by rallying wide and storming down the stretch to take the lead in the final sixteenth and to hold off the stubborn Brit Flintshire to win  the 1 1/2 mile race in 2:24.91. The victory was his fourth consecutive Grade-1 triumph.

“I was going so good,” jockey John Velazquez said. “My concern was getting the horse to the lead too early.”

“I thought at the top of the stretch he would win,” Motion added. “It all worked out so well. The only question was whether he got to the front too early.”

A 5-year-old gelding, Main Sequence is owned by the Niarchos family (Flaxman's Holdings). He has trained at the Fair Hill Training Center throughout 2014. His victory in the $3 million race gave  Motion his second Breeders’ Cup Turf win, who won the BC Turf a decade ago at Lone Star Park with then stable star Better Talk Now. Known as "Blackie,"  Better Talk Now is still at FHTC keeping an eye on things.

As customary, Main Sequence was well back early in the field of twelve. He made steady progress on the far turn and was seventh with a quarter-mile remaining, trailing the leader, Chester County's Hardest Core, by about 3 1/2 lengths. With Hardest Core tiring Main Sequence began closing on the leaders. Flintshire (3-1) led narrowly over Telescope (8-5) with a furlong remaining, but neither could hold off Main Sequence who blew by the two Euros to win by a neck in a time of 2:24.9.

 
A Peek Behind the Curtains of 'Downton Abbey' at Delaware Antiques Show Print E-mail

Newsworks
WHYY-TV (PBS)
November 2014

Not getting enough of your Downton Abbey fix? Then get ready to take advantage of a unique opportunity surrounding the Emmy Award-winning PBS series.Jessica 1

With the fifth season premiere set for January 2015, Downton devotees can get a peek behind the curtains of Britain's most beloved series at the Delaware Antiques Show at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The 51st edition spotlights author Jessica Fellowes as the honorary chair and keynote speaker on Friday, November 7, at 10 a.m. A book signing will follow the event.

Millions of American viewers have been enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the mesmerizing melodrama about the aristocratic Crawley family and their meddling, but loyal servants set on a circa-World War I English country estate.

Jessica Fellowes' books will take you there.

An author, journalist and historian, Fellowes' latest book "A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey" (St. Martin's Press), hit bookstores on October 28.  Her third book to accompany the show, it provides arguably the most comprehensive look at what it was really like to live within the Downton Abbey world 365 days a year. She is the niece of Julian Fellowes, the show's creator and script writer. He writes an enchanting forward to her book.

 
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