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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 Magic of Gypsy Vanners Print E-mail

Main Line Today

November 2010

In a rolling pasture at the El Brio Ranch a trio of Gypsy Vanners trot across the Chester County countryside.  Easily recognizable by their marbled white and black coloring, the horses’ long thick manes dance in the wind.  Their lower legs are showered with an abundance of "feathers," typical of English draft horses.  Possessing a mystical appearance, Gypsy Vanners move across a field as if they are floating.  

Soon the three horses are joined in the pasture by another mare and her foal, Storybook. It’s a perfect name for the exceedingly friendly and inquisitive three-week old filly as well as for the tale of Ed Fitts and Sue Rathbone who have forged a storybook tale of their own. 

Back in 2000 the couple traveled to Ocala, Florida for a close-up look at the breed imported to the United States in 1996.  They returned to El Brio with a pair of weanling fillies purchased from Dennis Thompson, co-founder of the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society.  Ever since, Fitts and Rathbone’s mission has been to breed and raise animals that retain the the Vanner’s purity and distinctive characteristics-- a muscular and powerful build combined with a gentle temperament and impressive athletic ability.

(Photos by Jared Castaldi)

 
Shared Account Snatches Breeders’ Cup Glory Print E-mail

PA Equestrian
December 2010

Midday entered the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf race as the defending champion and heavy favorite.  The classy English mare was thought to be pretty much invincible.  Someone forgot to tell Shared Account.

In the first-ever Breeders’ Cup race held under the lights in the history of the event, Shared Account bravely battled Midday down the deep stretch capturing the $1,818,000 turf race by a neck.  Bettors had dismissed the 4-year old chestnut filly at odds of 46-1. Trainer Graham Motion, based at the Fair Hill Training Center, was having none of it.

“We did it before with a 27-1 shot so I wasn't too worried about that,”observed Motion, who won a 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf with Better Talk Now at 26-1. “This race was our goal from the end of last year.  For those who wrote her off after one disappointing race (the Flower Bowl) where that day the turf was very soft, I don’t think that was fair.  She is the kindest, nicest filly to be around. We’re all very fond of her.”

 
St. Augustine: A History Lover's Delight Print E-mail

Delaware County Times

October 31, 2010

From our earliest schooldays we learned that the first Thanksgiving took place at Plymouth Rock.  Well, Pilgrim, maybe they got it all wrong.

Forget the turkey, cranberry and all the trimmings.  A growing number of folks from St. Augustine, Fla. think we should be feasting on a rich Spanish stew called “cocido” concoted with pork, garbanzo beans and onions.

Fifty six years before pilgrims shared a meal with native Americans at Plymouth,  Pedro Menendez de Aviles stepped ashore in St. Augustine mesmorized by the splash of exotic wildflower colors. He invited the Timuca Indians to join his band of 800 Spanish settlers in a Thanksgiving feast in September of 1565. 

The story is recounted in the 1965 book “Cross in the Sand” by  retired Univeristy of Florida history professor  Michael Gannon.  Over the past four decades less than thrilled New Englanders have  dubbed Gannon “the grinch who stole Thanksgiving.”

 
The Magic of Jamie Wyeth Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
October 2009

Jamie Wyeth lives his life and paints his pictures from the vantage point of isolated islands.

Monheghan is a small, rocky isle 10 miles from the coast of Maine. Scarcely a square mile in area, it’s accessible only by boat, and there are no cars or paved roads. Some 60 people live here year-round, mostly within shouting distance of one another. Another summerhouse and studio is set on Southern Island which can be seen in the distance from the picturesque village of Tenants Harbor.

“The ocean is so enormous, such a force,” Wyeth said. “It changes every day. I’m up there in the winter as well, and honestly, I almost prefer it. It’s so stark and the storms that roll through and the seas and winds, it’s fantastic.”

 
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