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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.

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'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. 3,000) 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

The Wonders of Key Largo Print E-mail


Delaware County Times

keylargo2Cruising along the Overseas Highway, the ride feels more like a nature trail than a roadway.  Butterflies fly backward. Miniature deer bound through green mangroves. 

You roll through those wide-open mangrove swamps, everglades and savannas the whole way to Key Largo, Fla.  Look for wading birds such as herons, and, in season, roseate spoonbills, that turn progressively pinker during their stay in the Everglades.

Eighteen miles from the mainland you arrive in Key Largo, made famous in that Bogie and Bacall movie of 1948.  It is sandwiched between the watery wilderness of the Everglades National Park to the west and the fish-covered coral formations of North America's only living coral barrier reef to the east. The reef is located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, just three miles from the shores of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Mile Marker 102).

Shifting Landscapes Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Fall 2011

Fieldstones are more than just building blocks to Peter Sculthorpe.  They are pieces of a puzzle.  When he built stone walls near his former home on the old King Ranch property outside Unionville, Sculthorpe handpicked every stone.  Made sure they fit seamlessly, no matter how long it took.

Time well spent.  Those sturdy fieldstones, old trees with ageless character, and lovely time-worn architecture have often been the brick and mortar of the nationally recognized artist’s meticulous watercolors and richly painted oils that over the years have captured the essence of the Brandywine Valley. 

In his paintings even the smallest details convey messages, telling stories to the viewer. Sculthorpe also travels extensively to gather inspiration and subject material for his works.  Over the past fifteen years his sharp eye and gifted hand have captured the rugged coasts of Maine and the maritime provinces of Canada as well as a vivid Oregon coast at sunset.

Girl Power: Fillies Headed to Breeders' Cup Top Races Print E-mail
PA Equestrian
November 2011

havredegrace2For two years running the $750,000 Cotillion Stakes at Parx racetrack in early October has been a springboard to the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic. Last year’s thriller featured Havre de Grace who held off the favorite Blind Luck by a neck and took home Pennsylvania’s richest purse for fillies.

The 2011 edition appears to have provided a serious contender for the $3 Million Ladies Classic to be run under the lights at Churchill Downs on November 4.  

Plum Pretty broke sharply out of the gate, grabbed the lead and never looked back en route to a 7 1/2-length victory in the Cotillion. The much anticipated rematch between Grade-1 winners Plum Pretty and It’s Tricky turned out to be no match at all.  

Chester County-bred Plum Pretty was making her first start in her home state. Born at Mark Reid's Walnut Green Farm, the filly’s mother Liszy is partially owned by former University of Pennsylvania basketball player Vince Curran. Plum Pretty arrived from California for the race.
Crystal River: Manatees' Swimming Hole Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World
December 2011    

Manatee1They are gentle giants. Known for whiskery faces and large, seal-like bodies that taper down to powerful flat tails, Florida’s largest herd of endangered manatees makes their annual migration to the Crystal River in November. The good-natured mammals can survive comfortably during the winter months in the natural warm springs that originate here and flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Each winter more than 500 of these friendly “sea cows” gather in King’s Bay, a newly protected sanctuary ten miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.  It is one of the largest in the world. Thousands of visitors come to Crystal River every year to see and, even better, swim with the manatees in the clear warm waters.

With its enormous oak trees and wilderness waterways, Citrus County resembles what most of Florida must have been like a century ago. The Withlacoochee, a healthy 157-mile wilderness river ecosystem, forms the eastern and northern boundaries of Citrus County. Nearly half of the county has been designated as public parks and preserves destined to remain untouched.

Havre de Grace Sizzles in Woodward Score Print E-mail
Pennsylvania Equestrian
October 2011

havredegracewithporterWith an eye on Horse of the Year honors, Rick Porter pushed all his chips into the center of the table when he decided to send his prized four-year old filly to run against the boys for the first time in the $750,000 Grade-1 Woodward Stakes.

Porter’s buccaneering attitude paid off as Havre de Grace roared down the stretch and pulled clear defeating seven male rivals by a comfortable 1 1/4-length margin at Saratoga on September 3.

The classy daughter of St. Liam became only the second female winner in the 58-year history of the prestigious race, joining Rachel Alexandra who parlayed her Woodward into the 2009 Horse of the Year award.  Another powerful filly, Zenyatta, won the HOTY honors last year.

Porter and trainer Larry Jones would like to keep that trend going.

“Obviously, we think we have a chance to be Horse of the Year,” said Porter, sporting his trademark red bow tie in the winner’s circle. “After we got beat a nose in the Delaware Handicap, we thought we had to do something aggressive, either run against Blind Luck again in the Personal Ensign or take the boys on. We had to do something to get everybody’s attention.
Jamie Wyeth's Animal Kingdom Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
June 24, 2011

Intrigued by pigs?  Not many of us are, but in the steady eyes and paint brush of Jamie Wyeth, pigs are one of God’s most enchanting creations.

Take the 2,200 pound porker Den-Den who one day ransacked Wyeth’s painting station on the Ball Farm near his home in Chadds Ford.  Snorting wildly, she appeared at a corner of the barn, her snout plastered with cerulean blue, cadmium orange and lemon yellow.  Den-Den had just swallowed 22 tubes of oil paint.

“The next day I arrived in the morning and I was expecting to find a corpse,” Wyeth recalled with a laugh.  “She was perfectly fine, snorting away, and of course, all these rainbow color droppings were everywhere.”

Months later Den-Den was ticketed to the local butcher. Wyeth thought, “My God I can’t have that.” So he took her to live at his Point Lookout farm where she became the infamous subject of his life-size “Portrait of Pig.”

Wyeth’s love for animals is quite evident in the artist’s new show “Farm Work” on display at the Brandywine River Museum through September 11. It is a cracker of an exhibition, encompassing so much of the artist’s personality, humor, wit and sense of wonder.  The extensive collection surveys four decades of a mix of farm animals, equipment, buildings and landscapes at Wyeth and his wife Phyllis’ farm on the Brandywine River as well as his farm on Southern Island off the coast of Maine. 

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