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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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"Ring of Fire" Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR - Melbourne)

October 28, 2016

The late Merle Haggard described Johnny Cash as “Abe Lincoln with a guitar." Growing up on a farm in southern Arkansas during the Great Depression era, Cash went on to fulfill his dream of becoming a recording artist. Writing songs about the everyday man, his musical influence crossed generations and touched the lives of people far and wide.RingofFire Cash

Vero Beach's Riverside Theatre kicked off its 43rd season with the foot-stompin' musical celebration of Cash in Ring of Fire that runs through November 13.

Ring of Fire pays homage to the epic talents and rich legacy of the "Man in Black." A small-cast cabaret style show tells the story of Cash's life journey and touches upon his triumphs and struggles, rowdiness and redemption, heartache and faith as well as the great love story between Cash and June Carter.

Conceived by William Meade, created and written by the legendary Richard Maltby, Jr., the show initially played Buffalo’s Studio Arena in the fall of 2005 before opening on Broadway in March 2006. In the Riverside production Maltby has retooled the show to go beyond Cash's iconic image to concentrate on the meaning behind his lyrics. It is the only theatrical show Cash to which Cash gave his approval for and endorsed. He died in 2003 at age 71.

Songbird Soaring Into Breeders' Cup Distaff Print E-mail

Florida Today

November 3, 2016

From coast to coast Songbird is marching her way into the ranks of racing royalty.Sbird 1

A perfect 11-for-11, the 3-year old filly faces her stiffest competition yet in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff where she tackles older horses for the first time, including multiple champions Beholder and Stellar Wind at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 4. With a victory in the 1 1/8 mile race she will stamp herself as a champion for the ages.

Songbird has captured the imagination of racing fans all over the country not seen for a filly since the prime time of Rachel Alexandra, Rags to Riches and Zenyatta. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the big bay has dominated her competition in all eleven starts, winning by a combined 60 lengths. A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, the same sire as Rachel Alexandra, Songbird's narrowest margin of victory recorded is 3 3/4 lengths. She has captured seven Grade-1 (racing's highest level) races faster than any filly in history and boasts earnings of $3, 372,000.

From her first start Songbird has exhibited exceptional speed and class-- traits of a champion racehorse. Rick Porter, a winter resident of Hobe Sound, Fla., races the filly in his distinctive red and white Foxhill Farm colors. I've covered Rick and his impressive stable of racehorses over the past dozen years as well as utilizing him as an insightful source for many racing stories. For a number of years we both lived in Wawaset Park in Wilmington, Del. Porter has been battling health issues for most of the year.

Star, Director of Riverside Theatre's "Ring of Fire," Jason Edwards Dies Print E-mail

 WFIT (Melbourne - NPR)

November 18, 2016

Jason Edwards was right at home on any stage as long as he was strumming his six string and singing a Johnny Cash song.JasonEdwards

Edwards died Wednesday on an extended fishing trip here with friends. The star and director of the just concluded run of Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash at Riverside Theatre, Mr. Edwards was 62. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, Riverside Theatre’s production of Ring of Fire became the most successful opening show in the Theatre’s 43 year history.

“The theatre community has lost a unique talent,” said Allen D. Cornell, Producing Artistic Director/CEO of Riverside Theatre. “My relationship with Jason goes back over twenty years as both a professional colleague and friend. We loved to shoot the breeze about fishing as much as how to create indelible moments on the stage. On his final day here among us, he caught a nice redfish on a special topwater plug I had given him a week or so ago. He played his last chords on his six string here on the Riverside stage, and they will long be remembered.”

Golden Autumn Getaway at St. Simons Island Print E-mail

 Florida Today

October 22, 2016

Best-selling antebellum novelist Eugenia Price often spoke of the "special light" on her beloved St. Simon's Island. Turning a beautiful golden color in autumn, the expansive salt marsh grasses are especially dramatic when lit by the setting sun.StSimons Marsh

The Golden Isles in southern Georgia have long attracted travelers with their astonishing beauty, abundant wildlife, and historic gems. About midway between Jacksonville and Savannah, the unspoiled barrier islands comprise St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, and Little St. Simons Island, just off the mainland city of Brunswick.

The salt marshes here are a fragile yet an enormously productive ecosystem, considered as some of the most extensive and productive marshlands in the world. The incoming tide nourishes and feeds the grasses of the marsh. The outgoing tide harvests its products and, through the tidal energy, breaks down the grasses and feeds the resources to the sea. A nursery for commercial seafood, the decomposing plant material are a superb source of food for blue crabs, shrimp, oysters, clams and all manner of small fish.

Majestic ancient oaks line the Pier Village district located at the end of Mallery Street on the southern end. Overlooking St. Simons Sound, the pier provides benches along each side allowing visitors a place to watch fishermen and crabbers haul up their day’s catch or simply enjoy the views of Jekyll Island in the distance.

FIT Researchers Studying "Martian Gardens" Print E-mail

 Melbourne Beach 32951

November 3, 2016

When humans actually set foot on Mars one of the many incredible challenges they will encounter will be how to grow food on this cold desert world.Martian 1

Sending enough freeze-dried, prepackaged food 33.9 million miles to Mars would be complicated and costly, so any long-term settlers will need a hefty payload of seeds and nutrients to grow crops.

Enter the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute. In June the Florida Institute of Technology facility entered into a partnership with NASA's Kennedy Space Center to develop simulated Martian gardens to study the performance of assorted crops on the Red Planet's barren landscape.

Over a six week-long pilot study this summer, researchers grew Outredgeous lettuce (a variety of red romaine) in three different treatments – one in terrestrial potting soil (a control), one in Martian regolith simulant (soil similar to Mars), and one in Martian regolith simulant with nutrients added.

"The lettuce grown with a moderate concentration of nutrients did well as the potting soil," said Drew Palmer, an assistant professor of Biological Sciences.

"There was a crunch, the lettuce tasted fine. It was grown in soil at the lab that comes from Hawaii which simulates Mar's volcanic, rocky terrain based on spectral data collected from NASA's Mars orbiters such as the Curiosity rover."

The Movie Music of James Horner Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR - Melbourne)

October 30, 2016

There is no mystery what attracted conductor Aaron Collins to orchestral music.Horner 2

"I grew up loving the movies and soon realized the music by amazing composers like James Horner was the key to the emotional tone and impact of film," Collins explained. "Our next concert is my personal tip of the hat to his genius for musical expression."

The film credits for movie music composer Horner include the titles from some of the industry's biggest blockbusters. He composed music for over 100 films, including "Titanic," the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time.

Maestro Aaron Collins leads the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in a multi-media concert event inspired by the work of one of Hollywood's greatest composers, when they present "Titanic: The Movie Music of James Horner" at the Scott Center for Performing Arts October 29 and the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday October 30. Many of the highlighted selections will be accompanied by movie clips on screen.

Spellbound: The Witches of Eastwick Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR-Melbourne)

October 24, 2016

With Halloween drawing near, The Henegar Center has gotten into the spirit with "The Witches of Eastwick" in a Southeastern premiere of the dark, probing musical comedy.Witches 2

The setting is 1964 in the fictional small town of Eastwick, Rhode Island. It's a tale of gossipy townspeople, religion, magic, sass and sex centering around three unhappy divorcees-- Alex, Sukie, and Jane-- in a town where everyone knows everyone's business. One evening over a heady brew of weak martinis and peanut butter brownies the three wish for “the man of their dreams.”

In a flash mysterious stranger Darryl Van Horne arrives in the coastal town and all hell breaks loose. One by one, the devil-like Van Horne seduces the women by nurturing their artistic talents and elicits newfound and wicked powers. Throughout the edgy, bawdy show the women keep stirring the cauldron, eventually delivering some very real evil on the village's big shot Felicia Gabriel.

Propelled by the witty lyrics of John Dempsey and exuberant musical score by Dana P. Rowe, the stage show is based on John Updike's best-selling 1984 book. When Updike wrote the novel he was living in Ipswich, Massachusetts, near the locale of infamous Salem witch trials of the 17th century. In 1987, Witches became a popular film starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher.

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