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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

Rock Solid Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
December 19, 2012
Peter Sculthorpe has rocks in his head.

An ancient wall of sturdy fieldstones and beautiful stone barns 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.Sculthorpe 2

Sculthorpe’s work is a dialogue of man and nature. Even the smallest details convey a message. Moonlight pours down on a rustic stone barn. Light peeks through a stone wall forewarning its demise.  

On the flip side, over the past fifteen years Sculthorpe’s sharp eye and gifted hand have captured the primal coast of Newfoundland in Canada and the glacial seaside ledges of Monhegan Island, Maine where he captures the enduring raw power of the waves crashing against the rocky shoreline.

Hollywood Futurity 1991: A. P. Indy Coming Out Party Print E-mail

The Jockey Club & NTRA Racing Website
December 8, 2012

He proved to be one of a very small number of top-priced yearlings to earn more on the racetrack than his purchase price.  A big, muscular, and mature colt, A. P. Indy was easy to spot on the track with an unorthodox running style in which he kept his head low, almost like a greyhound, with that distinctive long, rhythmic stride.APIndy6

A son of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and dam Weekend Surprise by 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, he was the star attraction at the Keeneland July auction in 1990. Back then A. P. Indy was known as Summer Squall’s younger half-brother by Seattle Slew, who had just won the Preakness after running second to Unbridled in the Kentucky Derby.

That was a huge boost to A.P. Indy’s Keeneland catalog page. Noel O’Callaghan of British Bloodstock Agency Ireland, bidding on behalf of Japanese businessman Tomonori Tsurumaki, outbid trainer D. Wayne Lukas’s client  at $2.9 million, the most expensive price of the year in a depressed market.

“We figured we’d have to be brave and bid fast,” said O’Callaghan.

Puppy Love Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
November 16, 2012

Alicia Reed thinks small, and dreams big.

For the past two decades she has been showing miniature Italian greyhounds at dog shows across the country. The smallest of the family of gazehounds (dogs that hunt by sight), they compete in the "Toy" group due to their slender bodies. True genetic greyhounds, their bloodlines extend back more than 4,000 years. These canines can achieve a top speed of up to 25 miles per hour.NDS 7

Owner/handler Reed brings her three-year old Hunter into the show ring this weekend at the National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.   Duncan, now 14, earned a third in the toy group at the show in Philadelphia in 2001.

“It’s a very hard show to get a ‘Best of Breed,’” observed Reed, a Colwyn resident. “I’ve won and lost there.  But it’s also about interacting with other handlers and spending time with the spectators who will meet and greet Hunter, and telling them all about the breed.”

Saturday, Nov. 17, marks the 10th anniversary of the National Dog Show, Presented by Purina. More than 2,000 of America’s top show dogs and 170 different breeds (including the world's largest, smallest and most exotic) will take to the show rings in a pair of all-breed, benched dog shows at one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious dog shows.  The competition (1-6 p.m.) will then be produced into a two-hour special to be aired on NBC Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, (noon – 2 p. m.) after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

PA Stallion Colts Steal the Show in Breeders’ Cup Print E-mail

Pennsylvania Equestrian
December 2012

They saved the best for last. As the sun began to skip below the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, a pair of colts produced by Pennsylvania-based stallions stole the show on racing’s grandest days.  PAE Dec2

In the performance of his life, Fort Larned grabbed the lead out of the gate and bravely held off Mucho Macho Man in a scintillating stretch drive to prevail in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup classic by a half-length. It was another 6 1/2 lengths back to Flat Out in third in the 1 1/4-mile race at Santa Anita Park. Fort Larned earned a sensational 117 Beyer speed figure.

A four-year old son of E Dubai at Northview Stallion Station in Beach Bottom, Pa., Fort Larned is trained by Churchill Downs based Ian Wilkes.  His dam Arlucea is a daughter of Bayakoa, a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (now Ladies' Classic) who raced for Fort Larned’s owner Janis Whitam and her late husband, Frank.

Hard Spun Emerging as a Top Young Stallion Print E-mail

PA  Equestrian
November 2012
On a visit to Betty Moran’s glorious Brushwood Farm in June 2004, I first met Hard Spun. A spirited five-week old bay colt with a splash of white on his forehead he skittered down a hilly paddock with his mare Turkish Tryst.  

Leaning on a paddock fence I watched the colt move effortlessly across the ground.

“If all goes well, he’ll be one of Danzig’s final colts running at the racetrack,” Moran said that day at her farm near Malvern, Pa.  “Wouldn’t it be something if he could turn out a little special like his daddy?”  HardSpun1

Hard Spun’s sire was born and raised at Marshall Jenney's Derry Meeting Farm in Cochranville.  Danzig’s racing career (3-for-3) was cut short by an injury, but then he blossomed into one of the most important sires of the second half of the 20th century. Danzig topped the general sires list from 1991-’93 and a stunning 18 percent of his colts and fillies were stakes winners. He sired 107 graded stakes winners and 10 champions. His progeny earned $101 million.  

On the racetrack Hard Spun carved out his own niche. In the group of top-tier three-year olds in 2007, the speedy colt was as tough as nails. He danced all the major dances and ran consistently well.  Runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Hard Spun won six of 11 lifetime starts, earning nearly $1.4 million.  The colt scored his Grade-1 stakes victory in the King Bishop at Saratoga.

Talula's Tale Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Autumn 2012    

Talulas 5It’s a sparkling, late morning as shoppers come and go beneath a yellow-striped awning of a gourmet market in downtown Kennett Square. Sitting at a small table two women are chatting, nibbling on sticky buns and drinking lattes.  A pal waves as she scurries to a counter brimming with luscious artisan cheeses then on to a vintage cabinet filled with just-baked baguettes. Staff glides about the cozy space fielding queries and lending suggestions.  At Talula’s Table the sense of community feels alive and well.

Proprietor Aimee Olexy greets me with a bright smile and we settle down at a broad oak table beneath a rustic chandelier. In the evening when the market closes its doors, that farm table becomes center stage for an eight-course feast that has been tagged “the toughest reservation in America.”  

Fortunate diners get to put everyday life on pause and enjoy an exquisite, unhurried meal.  Prospective patrons (8-12 a night) vie to book reservations a full year in advance.   By point of comparison, the French Laundry in Napa, Calif. which has a mere 17 tables is lauded for its six month waiting list.

The one-seating-a-night tastings have garnered a mountain of accolades and sparkling reviews from the New York Times and Saveur.com to NPR and actor John Turturro who traveled down from Brooklyn with his wife.  

Artful Dodgers Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Autumn 2012

The phone call came late one morning. In his Wilmington office David Hall got a tip that questioned the listed provenance of a painting purported to be Andrew Wyeth’s “Snow Birds” that was soon to go under the hammer at the famed auction house Christie’s in Manhattan. The 1970 painting, a watercolor and pencil on paper, might be a fake.  ArtForgeries 2

An assistant U.S. attorney who is the special prosecutor for the FBI Art Crime Team, Hall arranged for the painting to be sent to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford. Brushstrokes, composition, iconography and pigments were all methodically scrutinized. Using Betsy Wyeth’s meticulous records of the original painting, Mary Landa was able to identify discrepancies showing the picture was a skillfully executed forgery.

"It was an exact copy, with all the little squiggles, every figure in it was the same,” relates Landa, curator of collections at the River Museum and an authoritative source on Wyeth's work. “But it was clear that it was very stiff and didn't flow like Andrew Wyeth's work."

Had the painting been genuine, Christie's had expected it to fetch $300,000 to $500,000. The U. S. Attorney’s Office was notified and the painting was seized from the Florida-based seller who agreed to forfeit his interest in the artwork to the United States government.

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