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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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Melbourne Beach: Old Florida Charm Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
November 29, 2015


It is one of America's magical roadways. A north/south route, Highway A1A sprawls out in sections along Florida's entire Atlantic coast. Cruising along A1A in Central Florida we pulled into the towns of Melbourne Beach and Indiatlantic located on the barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. Relaxed and unhurried, the twin sister towns offer unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters and large dunes blanketed with sea oats and native wildflowers.

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It's truly a taste of Old Florida charm.

Melbourne Beach (pop. 3,500) is one of Brevard County's older beach communities and is named after the famed Australian coastal city. Travel A1A fifteen miles south and you come to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Sebastian's jetty break is recognized as one of the surf world's high-performance hot spots.

The inlet has been home to at least three generations of world-class surfers, including six-time world champion Kelly Slater surfed here. Monthly events and big-name surf camps are staged here as is the Sebastian Inlet Pro-- a five-star World Qualifying Series competition that draws some of the biggest names in the sport each January. In 1994 a part time treasure hunter, diving in eight feet of water about 100 yards from the wave break "First Peak" found $1 million worth of jewels and gold coins from a Spanish galleon that sank their more than 250 years earlier.

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

WHYY-TV (PBS/Philly)
November 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.

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.

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