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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

Animal Magnetism Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Summer 2012

Growing up in Cahokia, Illinois, Don Coats’ back lot was the “go-to” spot for neighborhood kids. Beyond a menagerie of rabbits, chickens and homing pigeons it was home to a couple of madcap characters.  Billy, a white goat, would regularly leap up on the hood of the family sedan. Butchy turned into the community terror, so much so that the combative black crow had his wings clipped. Seems the sheriff threatened to shoot the bird for dive bombing and scaring the bejeezus out of the local kidsCoats1C.

Once a frontier town on the banks of the Mississippi River, Cahokia’s wilderness and solitude sparked Coats’ lifelong passion for animals and the natural world.
During his teenage years, he spent summers driving a battered truck at his Uncle Leo’s farm working with the cattle, pigs and registered Suffolk sheep. While showing their prized sheep at the annual county fair, Coats discovered the amazing utility of the Border collie, a breed he has owned most of his life.  

“When I was a boy my grandmother taught me early lessons of sewing and hand stitching that became the foundation of the small motor skills used in delicate, precise veterinary surgery,” remembers Dr. Coats, the beloved veterinarian who has practiced in Centreville for 43 years.

The Rebirth of the Barnes Print E-mail

July 2012


Throughout his life Dr. Albert Barnes was called a lot of things: cranky, controlling, and intellectually curious, to name a few. But primarily he was celebrated as an audacious art collector over a 40-year span.

After decades tucked away on a leafy campus in Merion, Pa., Barnes’ world-class collection of post-impressionist, early modern art, and avant-garde European works has relocated to a posh new building on the Parkway in Center City Philadelphia. It is one of the biggest art world stories on the year.

The move follows a decade of bitter debate over the future of this spectacular collection that in terms of numbers alone is estimated today to be worth between $20 and $30 million. Barnes died in a car crash in 1951. In his will he insisted that the paintings continue to hang in the Merion building in perpetuity. But Philadelphia power brokers eager to move the collection to a more central location fought a long legal battle to overturn the will.

In 2004 a Montgomery County, Pa. judge ruled the collection could be moved but demanded the Barnes Foundation would need to preserve the dimensions and the quirky “ensembles” of the artwork in original galleries in order to transfer the collection to its new $200 million home.

Eight years later, for some art lovers, the relocation is still a hornet’s nest. It was the precision of the Merion Barnes collection— the arrangement of art on the walls— that made the collection sensational. At the new Barnes almost nothing is out of place. Even down to the same mustard colored burlap that covers the walls where the pictures are hung.

Seeing the Light Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
June 22, 2012

Bruce Munro is a clever man.  A British artist working in lighting design installation, some on massive scales, his magical illuminated sculptures have showcased tens of thousands of tiny globes of light pulsating across darkened landscapes. 

You will also find an ethereal quality to his work. Two years ago Munro was commissioned to create a pair of installations at the Salisbury cathedral built in the 13th century. His work has been showcased at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum as well as in the windows of the swanky Harvey Nichols department store. All drew international praise.


Still, his most valued tool is his notebook that he’s carried in a pocket since art college days.

“I go through one about every six months and everything that touches my life goes into it,” said Munro, 53, on a recent morning at Longwood Gardens. “Light is my passion so I’ve always scribbled down thoughts or sculptural sketch ideas. It’s funny, you write down a couple of words and later it will take you back to that moment.”

Munro makes his American debut with a 23-acre exhibition at Longwood Gardens that will showcase never before seen views of the venue at night.  With the garden-wide exhibition LIGHT!, Longwood is transformed into a “Forest of Light” where guests can wander through a serene forest of 20,000 illuminated stems reminiscent of blooming flowers.

Derby Champion Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Spring 2012

It sits regally on a bookshelf in the family room.  An elegant sterling silver trophy topped by a splendid horse and rider, fashioned with horseshoe shape handles.Motion Hunt1

Trainer H. Graham Motion earned his Kentucky Derby Winner’s Trophy last May when his strapping chestnut colt Animal Kingdom powerfully accelerated down the stretch winning the 137th running of the world’s most famous race.

Recalling the moment in his barn at the Fair Hill Training Center, Motion’s eyes sparkle.

“It was an amazing experience,” Motion relates. “To win the Derby is not something I ever expected to do. It is the pinnacle of racing.”

It has been a storybook time for Motion since his turf horse Shared Account won a $2 million Breeders’ Cup race in November 2010. Motion closed that year with more than $6.4 million in earnings, the ninth leading U. S. trainer. He moved into the upper echelon of trainers in 2011 as the fourth leading trainer with earnings in excess of $8 million as of November 5.  

Tucked on the border of Chester County and Maryland, Motion’s Herringwell Stable is a handsome structure with expansive polished wood stalls surrounded by 350 acres of serenity, far from the constant clamor at the racetrack. His mornings start at 5:30 as he puts his horses through their training paces.  

Like clockwork every horse is turned out in a grassy paddock for 30 minutes of freedom before they are exercised in groups, or “sets.” Their workouts vary from a leisurely walk to a jog, gallop or “breeze,” sprinting at race-like speeds of 40 miles an hour at Fair Hill’s training track.

Fantastic World of Automaton Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
March 2, 2012

He first laid eyes on the mechanical boy in 1935, at age six.  

Over the past four decades Charles Penniman has researched, gently cared for and operated one of the world’s greatest mechanical treasures, the marvelous automaton (pronounced aw-TOM-ah-tah) that resides at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Created around 1800 by Henri Maillardet, the “Draughtsman-Writer” automaton depicts a young boy at a desk who is capable of rendering four intricate and graceful drawings and three poems (two in French, one in English) on blank sheets of paper.  Automaton Cover

“It’s amazing that this delicate device can do it,” said Penniman, 83, a retired staff educator at the museum. “But what is really amazing is that it still does it after 200 years.”  

Long before there were electricity and electric motors, skilled artisans built these complex mechanical wonders. They worked using complicated cogs and clockwork mechanisms and resembled humans or animals that imitated life. During the 19th century wealthy people would show them off at parties.

This Philadelphia story unfolds in November 1928.   A truck pulled up to the Franklin  Institute’s original location on Seventh Street and  dropped off the shattered and fire-scarred remains of a mechanical brass boy dressed in a tattered red soldier’s jacket.  After years of painstaking work to reassemble the automaton it was unveiled at the opening of the Franklin Institute at its new location on the Parkway in 1934.

Spotlighting "The Boss" Print E-mail

Delaware County Times
February 17, 2012

Beyond the adulation, awards and mega-star treatment over a four-decade career, Bruce Springsteen remains a Jersey guy.  Back in the winter of 1978 at the urging of musician Patti Smith he turned up at photographer Frank Stefanko’s house in Haddonfield, N. J.  The two roamed the town’s streets that day in search of an album cover shot for “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” They pulled up in front of Frank’s barber shop.Bruce Pix1

“The photo depicted a young Bruce, with a leather jacket and an unruly hairdo, leaning against the barber pole and there was a reflection of his face in the chrome of the pole,” said Stefanko, 65, who now lives in Palmrya, N. J.  “There were religious artifacts showing through the window, the lucky number seven hung over the shop and a part of a surfboard was in the window next door.  It was pure small town New Jersey and symbolized Bruce’s life to that point.  It’s my favorite photograph.”

Their photographic collaboration lasted five years, producing thousands of images and a second album cover photo for “The River.”   In another Haddonfield session Stefanko captured Springsteen famously sitting on the hood of his 1960 Corvette parked in front of his house.

Stefanko’s iconic black and white pictures and the eye-popping Corvette convertible will be on display at the National Constitution Center that plays host to the blockbuster exhibition “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.”  Celebrated as an icon of free speech, the Springsteen exhibit runs from through Sept.3.

Rolling Thunder Print E-mail

February 2012

It was Wayne’s World back in 1995.  The equine empire of D. Wayne Lukas boasted stars in nearly every stable and his three year old crop was superlative.  The hard-charging horseman conditioned a sensational filly and an imposing, powerful champion who was everyone’s Kentucky Derby favorite. The third-stringer was a spunky, little chestnut colt.ThunderGulch3

”He is in a stall between a ballerina and a Juvenile champ,” Lukas said back then of Thunder Gulch who was stabled between Serena’s Song and Timber Country in the trainer’s barn at Santa Anita Park. “They both have loads of charisma.  He’s a bit of a red-headed stepchild.”

In search of softer foes Lukas sent Thunder Gulch packing in February of 1995, headed to South Florida and the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. It was the first major Kentucky Derby prep for eastern three-year olds.  It was a tall order for Thunder Gulch considering it was the unheralded colt’s first start in nine weeks and he had traveled cross-country just 48 hours prior to the Grade-2 event.

The Fountain of Youth was run for the first time in 1945.  The distance varied until 1953, when it was set at 1 1/16 miles. Trainers liked the idea of 1 1/16 mile and two turns for developing newly minted three-years into classic prospects. Soon the race blossomed into an attractive stepping stone for Gulfstream’s premier race, the Florida Derby in late March.  

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