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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 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.

 I'm currently a regular arts & culture contributor to WFIT's website (the NPR radio station in Melbourne.), Vero Beach Magazine and Florida Today newspaper on a number of topics. Over recent years my work has been published regularly in Blood-Horse, Long Island Boating World and The Hunt and PA Equestrian magazines.

I am a regular contributor to the websites JustLuxe.com and SeeTheSouth.com. JustLuxe is an online magazine featuring the best of luxury lifestyle and travel, while SeeTheSouth features truly unique southern destinations. My travel articles also regularly appear in Florida Today, Long Island Boating world and the Delaware County Times, a major daily newspaper just outside Philly.

I've also contributed a variety of 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.

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. 3,000) offers unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters and thousands of beautiful seabirds and long-legged shorebirds.MB 04

Head north 35 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 2017.

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.

Smarty XmasCard

Longwood's Tropical Punch Print E-mail

 Newsworks
WHYY-TV (PBS)
February 13, 2015

Call it orchid fever. Each February Longwood Gardens brings brilliant tropical warmth and color to its four-acre temperature controlled Conservatory with "Orchid Extravaganza," celebrating the divas of the plant world.LG Orchid 1

In a month marked by frigid mornings and leaden grey afternoon skies, spectacular orchids provide a welcome respite from winter. Exotic hybrids in brilliant colors delight the senses-- more than 5,000 blooming orchids cascading over walls and twisting together in a riot of colors. An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 flower fanciers will stroll through the Conservatory to get a peek at the exotic blooms created by Longwood's orchid breeders and suppliers from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and California. Visitors can absorb the sights and scents of the sea of blooms on display daily through March 31.               

Victorian explorers and horticulturists found ways to transport and grow exotic orchids. Orchidaceae are the largest family of flowering plants on earth, and adapted themselves to live on every continent except Antarctica and in almost every conceivable habitat. Mesmerizing and seductive, some live on the ground while others scramble up shrubs, or grow perched on trees or rocks. Lianas grow up forest trees, using its roots for support.

 
Top Equine Surgeon Doubles Up as Top-Rated Wilmington Restaurateur Print E-mail

Newsworks
WHYY-TV (PBS)
January 2015

Is there a doctor in the house?  If you are dining at Domaine Hudson there is a good chance you will meet its new proprietor, Dr. Mike Ross.DH 1

Novices to the hospitality industry, Dr. Ross and his wife Beth purchased the popular wine bar and eatery from Tom and Meg Hudson in late 2011. The Rosses have ratcheted up the original owners' culinary tradition and elevated it to one of the best dining experiences in the state.

A man of boundless energy, a typical day for Dr. Ross starts at dawn with a drive from his Chadds Ford home to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Chester County, one of the largest and most sophisticated equine hospitals in the world.

An internationally renowned equine orthopedic surgeon, Ross dons surgical scrubs and heads to the operating theater where a half-ton horse has been anesthetized, winched into the air and then lowered onto the operating table. Over the next hour or so Ross performs meticulous arthroscopic surgery on the horse's injured leg joint. Afterwards the animal is returned to a padded stall to wake up and begin his recovery.

Among a countless list of Ross' patients is the great thoroughbred DaHoss who won the 1996 Breeders' Cup Mile and then in 1998-- a year after Ross' surgery on DaHoss' hind leg-- came back to again win the  Breeders' Cup Mile which NBC-TV race broadcaster Tom Durkin dubbed "the greatest comeback since Lazarus." Thanks to Ross' skills over 32 years as a surgeon and professor, countless horses have returned to high-level competition or gone on to have productive lives in second careers.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Vinyl Making a Comeback Print E-mail

Newsworks
WHYY-TV (PBS)
December 2014
TheHuntMagazine.com
January 2015

 

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.

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

Delaware County Times
December 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.

 
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