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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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"Grand Canyon Suite" A Mesmerizing Performance Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR - Melbourne)

September 2016

One hundred years ago a young Los Angeles musician drove across the Arizona desert, multiple gas cans strapped to his jeep, to watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. Ferde Grofe was so bowled over by the mysterious experience, he vowed to translate it for others.GrandCanyon Suite

"I was enthralled in the silence, you know, because as it got lighter and brighter then you could hear the birds chirping and nature coming to life," said Grofe in an interview later in life. "All of a sudden, bingo! There it was, the sun. I couldn't hardly describe it in words because words would be inadequate."

A decade later Grofe sat down at his piano and composed five movements that he christened "Grand Canyon Suite." It became his most famous work. Combining classical and jazz musical forms, Grofe's evocative compositions portrayed scenes typical of the Grand Canyon: "Sunrise," "Painted Desert," "On the Trail," "Sunset," and "Cloudburst."

Maestro Aaron Collins leads the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in a multi-media concert event "Grand Canyon Suite: Seeing is Believing" to be performed at the Scott Center for Performing Arts September 24 and the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on September 25. Panoramic screens will be suspended above the orchestra for the audience to see stunning HD footage of the Grand Canyon provided by National Geographic.

 
Songbird: Miss Perfecto Print E-mail

PA Equestrian

October 2016

Race after race she is marching her way into the ranks of female racing royalty. Zenyatta. Rachel Alexandra. Royal Delta. Rags to Riches. All thoroughbred magnets that have connected so passionately with racing fans. Now it's Songbird's time.Songbird 3A

Facing her stiffest competition yet in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (Grade-1) Songbird took command at the top of the stretch without any urging from jockey Mike Smith and roared down the stretch gliding to yet another easy victory. A perfect 11-for-11 in her racing career, Songbird hit the wire by 5 3/4 lengths ahead of Carina Mia at Parx racetrack, outside Philadelphia on the first Saturday of autumn.

Bred in Kentucky, Songbird was purchased by Rick Porter for $400,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, The filly has dominated her competition in all 11 of her career starts, winning by a combined 60 lengths. The fifth her narrowest margin of victory recorded as 3 3/4 lengths. She has captured seven Grade 1 races for earnings of nearly $3.5 million.

"When I talked with Mike about the race, we just wanted to jump (out of there) and see where we were," Hollendorfer said. "I didn't know what (Cathryn Sophia) was going to do. I thought she was capable of showing some speed. Songbird laid off the pace a little and ran when Mike asked her to. I'm very grateful for her and very pleased with the way that she did that today. I thought she was going great down the backside."

 
Marvelous Monhegan Island Print E-mail

 Florida Today

August 22, 2016

We're queuing up on the docks of the village of Port Clyde ready to climb aboard a 65-foot vessel, the Elizabeth Ann. With the passengers, mail and freight loaded, we steam out of the harbor past Marshall Point lighthouse and a series of pine and spruce-clad islands before reaching the open sea to ply our way toward Monhegan Island.Monhegan 12

Navigating among the schooners and other boats that traverse the Gulf of Maine, Capt. John Haines points out puffins winging across the water on their northern migratory route. We get up-close views of porpoises, and families of brown seals frolicking in the sea or basking in the sun on Seal Rock. Hundreds of buoys mark lobster traps, each marker color coded to identify its owner. Lobstermen are allowed a maximum of 475 traps during the season that stretches from November through May.

After an hour ferry ride, my wife Jane and I step off onto Monhegan and hike up past the Island Inn that sports an American flag whipping atop its cupola. The tidy village boasts impossibly quaint houses surrounded by colorful flowers. There are no cars, and no paved roads, just narrow lanes and footpaths. A handful of tailgate-less work trucks haul pallets of building materials, propane, produce and food, beer, wine and other cargo from the docks to businesses operating on the island.

Barely a square mile in area, Monhegan is a down to earth and hard working culture, where fishing and lobstering families still live and work by the tide clock. The summer resident population hovers around 200, but day-trippers can add another 600 or 700 to the mix. Winter is a quiet and lonely time; the island shrinks to its bedrock population of 65.

 
Kennedy Space Center Delivers An Epic Journey Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

August 2016

Here's a question: why are rockets launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida?KSC 7

Set on the Atlantic Ocean and relatively nearer the equator compared to other U.S. locations, Cape Canaveral is a prime spot because rockets traveling eastward get a boost from the earth's natural spin. So, they save on fuel as well as rocket power. The rate of spin is at its highest on the equator and slowest at the poles. Cape Canaveral's southern latitude of just 28 degrees above the equator is a nice fit.

In the early 1960s the area around Cape Canaveral was a rural beach within a short driving distance of both Navy and Army bases. Since infrastructure was in place for transportation and there was a fair amount of reasonable privacy and isolation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) established its command post here.

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) became the gateway to the cosmos. Today, KSC's landscape is dotted with towering launch pads and support facilities filled with massive buildings and high-tech hardware and gear. But the space launch complex has a wild side.

Residing roughly midway between Jacksonville and Miami, the space center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1962 and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it provides a protected habitat for migratory birds and endangered and threatened species. It's a strange marriage of colossal technology and exquisite natural beauty that has co-existed for more than 50 years.

 
100% Pure Florida Opens at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR - Melbourne)

September 2016

A longtime hub of the art scene in Brevard County, Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents its 11th annual "100% Pure Florida" exhibition opening Aug. 30 that runs through Oct. 1. The call for entries has been answered by talented Florida artists from Miami to Vero, Tampa to Jacksonville, as well as Palm Beach Gardens, New Smyrna and Orlando.FifthSt 1

The juried exhibition gives gallery patrons the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic montage of 54 pieces of work from 38 different artists from all over Florida. A total of 23 artists hail from Brevard County. Located at 1470 Highland Avenue in Melbourne, Fifth Avenue Gallery is a delightful space with great lighting and display walls.

The "Best in Show" artist will receive $500 cash and a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2017. Cash prizes will also be awarded for second and third places, and a select amount of merit awards.

Craig Morris was born and raised in New York, spent more than 30 years in New England and moved to Tampa in 2008. A painting major at Middlebury College in Vermont, Morris shifted gears, working in the world of professional photography for more than three decades. Wherever he traveled throughout the United States, Morris always took his camera and captured thousands of images, gathering source material for paintings.

Morris first displayed his work in the Pure Florida show in 2014. Many of the photographs he created come to life in his thoughtful artworks. This year Morris has two pieces in the show.

 
SCSO Performs Russian Masters Compositions Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR - Melbourne, Fla.)

July 2016

Russian composers have created some of the most beautiful and powerful classical music compositions. Some laid down the rules of composition, while others smashed those rules. Still others preserved Russia’s history and folk stories in their pieces, or re-imagined medieval music. A few even sought to define the music of the future.Russian 1

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will bring to life emotional works by Alexander Borodin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky-- three Russian composers who communicated joy, pain and hope through their music from the age of gilded Russian aristocracy up to the 20th century. The compositions will be featured in the first masterworks concert of the SCSO’s 2016-17 performing season on July 23 at 7 p. m. at The Scott Center for Performing Arts and at 3 p.m. at the Community Church of Vero Beach on July 24.

Over the past seven seasons, the orchestra has explored many works from Russian composers including Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Shchedrin, Glinka, Gluzanov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, as well as the three composers on the July program.

 
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