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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.

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The Golden Lake District of New Hampshire Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World
August 2011

Thirty years ago “On Golden Pond” stole the hearts of American moviegoers and scored Oscars for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda.  Its filmmakers told the story of family reconciliation scattered across the deep, dark blue waters of Squam Lake.

With its 273 lakes and ponds, the New Hampshire Lake region is aptly named. Visitors discover an exquisite combination of lush rolling hills, the un-obscured backdrop of the White Mountains, and most of all, pristine lakes.  Names like Squam, Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee are reminders of the region’s past and the Native Americans who once navigated its waters.

Last summer we floated back thirty years taking a lovely pontoon boat tour around “Golden Pond.”  We heard stories of Norman and Ethel Thayer at their summer house on their beloved lake, the song of the loons and the perilous attempt to catch the big fish “Walter.”  In the early stages of our expedition, Captain Dale spied a 14-year old eagle, then a pair of shaggy eaglets nesting in a stand of towering pine trees on Potato Island.

Taking the Reins Print E-mail

The Hunt
Summer 2011

Dawn has broken over the broad fields and patches of woodlands that unspool in all directions.  Stable lads scurry about delivering the morning feed and toting sloshing water buckets then tacking up the horses. Ruddy-cheeked stable lasses are legged up, their mounts blowing steam in the chilly morning air.  In Unionville another working day has begun.

This gallop-and-jump terrain first attracted foxhunters, master horsemen and distinguished racehorse owners from Long Island, N. Y. near the turn of the 20th century.  Among the leading lights of that sport horse movement in southern Chester County were Cuyler Walker’s ancestors.

His grandmother Carol married W. Plunkett Stewart who brought his pack of English foxhounds to Unionville full-time in 1929. Stewart helped establish the famed King Ranch division near Doe Run in the late 194os. Stewart’s step-daughters later assumed prominent roles—Nancy Hannum was the legendary master of the hounds, while her sister Avie Walker (four years younger) became a renowned racehorse owner and breeder, and was Cuyler’s mother.

“The respect and appreciation of the land was instilled in them by their parents, that their lives should make a difference,” relates Walker, trustee of the Cheshire Land Preservation Fund. “Those early horsemen were attracted to this spectacular land that wasn’t much different from when Native Americans and the first settlers lived here.  For those horsemen it was a means to an end.  Today, the means is the end. The preserved land is the key to growth and promotion of our multi-discipline horse world.”

Jacksons Push for Ban of Race Day Medications Print E-mail

Pennsylvania Equestrian
August 2011

Veterinarians and racing officials from around the globe didn’t mince words to their American colleagues at the two-day Belmont Park Summit in June.  Abandon the widespread use of race-day medication.

“If the U. S. is serious about the breed, it should eliminate Lasix now,” said Denis Egan, an Irish Turf club executive who urged North American horsemen to abandon the widespread use of race day medication.

“The view in Ireland is that racing in the U. S. is tainted because of the use of drugs in racing.”

Bill Nader is a former chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association.  In 2007, he was named the executive director for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

“I left New York thinking it (Lasix) was part of racing,” Nader related.  “I’ve now seen another part of the world and it gives me no satisfaction to tell you day-to- day racing in Hong Kong is much better than racing in New York or California.”

The Queen of Diamonds Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
May 6, 2011

The marquee dazzles.  Set just off the historic Queen Theatre’s front entrance, a  40-foot-high blue blade  sign etches the name "World Café Live at the Queen" into the twilight sky.

In early April the World Café Live at the Queen opened its glass doors at Fifth and Market Street hosting a stream of music fans in a downtown stretch of Wilmington that was once foreboding.  These days the storefronts are spiffed up and new feet stroll down the formerly empty sidewalks. An entrepreneurial energy is in the air.

With two stages, a five-tiered balcony, and six floors that stretch across a city block, the Queen has undergone a $25 million makeover over the past 20 months.  

“Music has a distinctive power to transform the landscape of a city, and we hope it will bring a vibrant new energy to Lower Market Street," said World Café Live President Hal Real. “It’s a world-class venue engineered from the ground up for the purpose of experiencing live music at its best.”

Stem Cell Therapy Brings Back Fabulous Strike's Mojo Print E-mail

PA Equestrian
June 2011

It’s easy to root for Fabulous Strike.  

One of the elite sprinters between 2007 and 2009, the dark bay gelding was headed to the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint as one of the favorites until he suffered a strained ligament in his left front pastern running second in the Vosburgh Handicap.  When the injury hadn’t come around by last summer, trainer Todd Beattie shipped him to the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. where he underwent stem cell therapy.

Laid up for 18 months, Fabulous Strike launched his comeback with a resounding wire-to-wire victory in a six-furlong allowance race at Penn National Race Course.  Despite a sloppy track as the result of heavy rains on the evening of April 8, Beattie and owner Walter Downey decided it was time for the 8-year old gelding to get back into action.

Penn National’s leading rider Dana Whitney hustled Fabulous Strike from the starting gate and the pair led four rivals through an opening quarter in :22.08 and half-mile in :44.58. Whitney kept the Pennsylvania-bred to a steady drive to the wire turning back stakes winner Peppi Knows, who stalked the leader from the break. Fabulous Strike scored by two lengths in 1:09.53.

Pass-a-Grille: An Enduring Charm Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World
February 2011

It’s the end of the road. Literally.  Anchored on a spit of land at Mile Marker 0, you find the Island’s End Resort, a charming Old Florida hideaway with six cottages linked to one another by rambling boardwalks.  The grounds are dotted with palm trees, live oaks and sea grapes that spread down to a weathered pier jutting out into a swirl of choppy waters at the “Pass.”  Postcard sunrises and sunsets are its calling card.

It is a perfect snapshot of Pass-a-Grille.  A sleepy little Keys-type community, Pass-a-Grille is nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay at the southern end of St Pete Beach.  Known for its leisurely pace, adults and wiry kids with spinning rods in their hands often line the seawall on the east side of the tiny beach town.

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