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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.MB 04

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.

MB 02Nearby 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 11-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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Doubling Down on Lady Luck Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World

October 2016

Feeling lucky? Pompano Beach, Fla. officials sure are. They’re betting a recently sunken former New York City tanker will become a scuba diving hot spot as well as providing a much needed boost to south Florida’s fragile coral reefs.LadyLuck 1

Formerly known as Newtown Creek, the 324-foot vessel was scuttled on July 23 about a mile and a half east of the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Holes were strategically cut into the wreck and prefilled with water so the ship would only need a minimal amount of water to sink.

The rechristened “Lady Luck” is the centerpiece of Shipwreck Park, a series of 16 other ships-turned-reefs, brimming with an array of marine life. With whimsical pieces of art on its deck, Lady Luck is expected to be one of the most popular and accessible major dive sites in the country. Free to divers with their own boats, Lady Luck is projected to attract 35,000 participants each year.

The 2,557-ton Newtown Creek’s propellers-- at seven feet in diameter-- were powered by twin 1,500 horsepower diesel engines. It has fine lines and a sharp bow with a beam of 49.6 feet. The lovely grey hulled coastal tanker traversed New York Harbor’s waters for close to a half century hauling sludge.

 
"Grand Canyon Suite" A Mesmerizing Performance Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR - Melbourne)

September 2016

One hundred years ago a young Los Angeles musician drove across the Arizona desert, multiple gas cans strapped to his jeep, to watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. Ferde Grofe was so bowled over by the mysterious experience, he vowed to translate it for others.GrandCanyon Suite

"I was enthralled in the silence, you know, because as it got lighter and brighter then you could hear the birds chirping and nature coming to life," said Grofe in an interview later in life. "All of a sudden, bingo! There it was, the sun. I couldn't hardly describe it in words because words would be inadequate."

A decade later Grofe sat down at his piano and composed five movements that he christened "Grand Canyon Suite." It became his most famous work. Combining classical and jazz musical forms, Grofe's evocative compositions portrayed scenes typical of the Grand Canyon: "Sunrise," "Painted Desert," "On the Trail," "Sunset," and "Cloudburst."

Maestro Aaron Collins leads the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in a multi-media concert event "Grand Canyon Suite: Seeing is Believing" to be performed at the Scott Center for Performing Arts September 24 and the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on September 25. Panoramic screens will be suspended above the orchestra for the audience to see stunning HD footage of the Grand Canyon provided by National Geographic.

 
Songbird: Miss Perfecto Print E-mail

PA Equestrian

October 2016

Race after race she is marching her way into the ranks of female racing royalty. Zenyatta. Rachel Alexandra. Royal Delta. Rags to Riches. All thoroughbred magnets that have connected so passionately with racing fans. Now it's Songbird's time.Songbird Cotillion_2

Facing her stiffest competition yet in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (Grade-1) Songbird took command at the top of the stretch without any urging from jockey Mike Smith and roared down the stretch gliding to yet another easy victory. A perfect 11-for-11 in her racing career, Songbird hit the wire by 5 3/4 lengths ahead of Carina Mia at Parx racetrack, outside Philadelphia on the first Saturday of autumn.

Bred in Kentucky, Songbird was purchased by Rick Porter for $400,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, The filly has dominated her competition in all 11 of her career starts, winning by a combined 60 lengths. The fifth her narrowest margin of victory recorded as 3 3/4 lengths. She has captured seven Grade 1 races for earnings of nearly $3.5 million.

"When I talked with Mike about the race, we just wanted to jump (out of there) and see where we were," Hollendorfer said. "I didn't know what (Cathryn Sophia) was going to do. I thought she was capable of showing some speed. Songbird laid off the pace a little and ran when Mike asked her to. I'm very grateful for her and very pleased with the way that she did that today. I thought she was going great down the backside."

 
Florida Sea Turtles Spike in Record Numbers Print E-mail

Delaware County Times

August 28, 2016

It was another successful launch on the Space Coast.

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Under hazy skies on a late May morning a pair of juvenile green sea turtles were released into the Atlantic at the Barrier Island Center in southern Melbourne Beach, Fla. "Chad" was found stunned and covered with barnacles at Indian Harbour Beach in January. "Mr. President" was discovered after what was thought to be a predator attack at the Barrier Island Sanctuary on President's Day. The two turtles were rehabilitated at the Brevard Zoo.

A pair of volunteers from the Sea Turtle Conservancy carry Mr. President and Chad-- their flippers flapping wildly-- in a plastic tray to the water's edge and lower them into ocean. The turtles float for a moment before diving under a blue-green wave and push their way to the sea. Floating and weightless again, they begin an uncertain decades-long journey. More than 150 folks cheered them onward.

 
Marvelous Monhegan Island Print E-mail

 Florida Today

August 22, 2016

We're queuing up on the docks of the village of Port Clyde ready to climb aboard a 65-foot vessel, the Elizabeth Ann. With the passengers, mail and freight loaded, we steam out of the harbor past Marshall Point lighthouse and a series of pine and spruce-clad islands before reaching the open sea to ply our way toward Monhegan Island.Monhegan 12

Navigating among the schooners and other boats that traverse the Gulf of Maine, Capt. John Haines points out puffins winging across the water on their northern migratory route. We get up-close views of porpoises, and families of brown seals frolicking in the sea or basking in the sun on Seal Rock. Hundreds of buoys mark lobster traps, each marker color coded to identify its owner. Lobstermen are allowed a maximum of 475 traps during the season that stretches from November through May.

After an hour ferry ride, my wife Jane and I step off onto Monhegan and hike up past the Island Inn that sports an American flag whipping atop its cupola. The tidy village boasts impossibly quaint houses surrounded by colorful flowers. There are no cars, and no paved roads, just narrow lanes and footpaths. A handful of tailgate-less work trucks haul pallets of building materials, propane, produce and food, beer, wine and other cargo from the docks to businesses operating on the island.

Barely a square mile in area, Monhegan is a down to earth and hard working culture, where fishing and lobstering families still live and work by the tide clock. The summer resident population hovers around 200, but day-trippers can add another 600 or 700 to the mix. Winter is a quiet and lonely time; the island shrinks to its bedrock population of 65.

 
Kennedy Space Center Delivers An Epic Journey Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

August 2016

Here's a question: why are rockets launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida?

Set on the Atlantic Ocean and relatively nearer the equator compared to other KSC 1U.S. locations, Cape Canaveral is a prime spot because rockets traveling eastward get a boost from the earth's natural spin. So, they save on fuel as well as rocket power. The rate of spin is at its highest on the equator and slowest at the poles. Cape Canaveral's southern latitude of just 28 degrees above the equator is a nice fit.

In the early 1960s the area around Cape Canaveral was a rural beach within a short driving distance of both Navy and Army bases. Since infrastructure was in place for transportation and there was a fair amount of reasonable privacy and isolation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) established its command post here.

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) became the gateway to the cosmos. Today, KSC's landscape is dotted with towering launch pads and support facilities filled with massive buildings and high-tech hardware and gear. But the space launch complex has a wild side.

Residing roughly midway between Jacksonville and Miami, the space center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1962 and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it provides a protected habitat for migratory birds and endangered and threatened species. It's a strange marriage of colossal technology and exquisite natural beauty that has co-existed for more than 50 years.

 
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