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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 and Melbourne Beachsider newspapers 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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Judgment Day Print E-mail

 The Skinnie Magazine

February 2016

 Vale Rideout began singing around the family campfire in Fort Collins, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. By age twelve he was sold on becoming a stage performer. A superb tenor with the ability to consistently deliver passionate and energetic performances, Rideout has garnered critical acclaim for his musical artistry in both the United States and Europe.

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Back in 2006, Rideout won the gold medal at Savannah's American Traditions Competition (ATC). Now the ATC's artistic consultant, one of his primary duties is selecting the panel of celebrity judges who evaluate contestants who hail from all over the country in the nationally renowned vocal competition. In its 23rd year, the 2016 competition runs at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church and the Lucas Theatre in Savannah from Feb. 21 through Feb. 25.

The 28 vocalists and their accompanists perform classic American music pieces in hopes of delivering a winning performance and taking home the Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation Gold Medal Award with a $12,000 cash prize. The total ATC prize fund is $40,000. The musical styles range from modern cabaret, operas, blues, jazz, art song, gospel, folk, country & western, and in classifications such as musical theater, Hollywood, Great American Songbook and the songs of Johnny Mercer.

 
Mohaymen Looks to Bounce Back in Kentucky Derby Print E-mail

 PA Equestrian

May 2016

The most highly touted Derby prep matchup in years took place in the $1 million Florida Derby. A clash of the titans: an East vs. West showdown of unbeaten colts. It never happened.Mohay 1

Undefeated 2015 juvenile Eclipse Award-winning Nyquist rolled to an easy victory, stamping himself as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Geared down by jockey Junior Alvarado in the stretch, Mohaymen (4-5 favorite) wound up beaten by 8 ¼ lengths finishing fourth.

“We feel like it was a perfect storm of unfortunate things that happened with the track, raining earlier and then later," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin from his barn office at the Palm Meadows training facility. 

"Basically it was a very wet (track) and we were very wide. We ran 54 feet further than the winner, but congratulations to Nyquist and their team. They had to run over the same racetrack under the same conditions and they did it better than us. Hopefully we can turn the tables on May 7."

 
PA-Bred Mor Spirit a Top West Coast Derby Contender Print E-mail

 Pennsylvania Equestrian

April 2016

 Stuart Grant likes to tell folks that he spent time around horses growing up in Brooklyn, N. Y.  Thing is, the horses all had cops on their backs.

Grant is the proud breeder of Pennsylvania-bred colt Mor Spirit who was born at Derry Meeting Farm. The dark bay colt is considered one of the top West Coast contenders for the Kentucky Derby.Mor S01

Mor Spirit made his 3-year-old debut with an impressive win in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Grade-3) at Santa Anita on Feb. 6. The victory stamped the colt as the dominant 3-year-old in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

In the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Grade-2) on March 12, Mor Spirit uncorked his patented late run closing strongly in mid-stretch, but couldn't quite get to Danzing Candy who won by two lengths. Mor Spirit earned 20 Derby points to give the colt a total of 44 which should put him into the starting gate at Churchill Downs on May 7.

Stevens was encouraged and optimistic despite the loss.

 
Easy Going New Smyrna Beach Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

May 2016

Did New Smyrna Beach get the jump on St. Augustine?

NSB 1Historians have long debated whether the seaside town is the actually the original St. Augustine-- the Spanish-colonized spot known as the nations‘ oldest city. Why? Overlooking the Intracoastal waterway stands a stunning 40 x 80 foot coquina ruin. A limestone consisting almost entirely of shelly fossils, coquina was the only material resembling stone on Florida's sandy coast that explorers used to build structures in the late 1600s. Coquina is the primary building material of the famed masonry fort Castillo de San Marcus in St. Augustine. Still, other historians give credit for the structure to a Scottish physician named Andrew Turnbull who colonized the area for England in 1768. 

Today, the ruins are part of the larger Old Fort Park. Nestled among the moss-draped trees along the shores of the scenic Indian Rive, New Smyrna Beach is surrounded totally by bodies of water. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the east, the Intracoastal Waterway to the west and Mosquito Lagoon is between the two.

 
Melbourne Beach: A Space Coast Gem Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

April 2016

Did you know that parrots are the third most popular pet in the world? Trouble is they live a long time. Cockatoos and Amazonian parrots can reach the age of 75 or older, so there are a lot of bird castaways. In a cozy Dutch colonial house in Melbourne Beach, Fla., Luann Apple provides a home for unwanted exotic birds often nursing them back to health.MB 01

Birds like Woody, a glorious blue and gold Macaw that now flourishes in this healthy tropical setting. Apple's ultimate goal is to ready the birds for adoption, finding them a good home which bestows a lot of love.

My wife Jane and I discovered the parrot sanctuary on a stroll down Ocean Avenue on a recent visit to the ocean-side community. Located on the barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Melboune Beach (pop. 3,600) offers unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters with large dunes blanketed with sea oats and native wildflowers.

It's truly a taste of Old Florida charm and ease.

 
SS United States Could Set Sail Again Print E-mail

 GallaghersTravels.com

March 2016

Gutted and rusted, hitched to an unused wharf in South Philadelphia for two decades, things are looking up for the once majestic SS United States. It may yet one day sail again.SS US_01

In early February the Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises luxury travel company announced plans to overhaul the ship at a cost of upwards of $800 million. The once sparkling transatlantic steamship is owned by the SS United States Conservancy that struck a deal with Crystal to save the ship. But before the SS United States can be transformed into a modern luxury cruise ship, the vessel must undergo a nine-month technical feasibility study.

During that time period Crystal Cruises has agreed to cover all costs of the $60,000 cost a month associated with preserving the ship, including the ship's mooring on the Delaware River. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

In its glory days during the 1950s, the iconic ship-- nicknamed the "Big U"-- carried everyone from royalty to Hollywood stars to immigrants across the Atlantic Ocean, accompanied by three on-board orchestras. Passenger lists included Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy as well as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco, Gary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, John Wayne, even Leonardo da Vinci,'s Mona Lisa painting. Her decor was known for its sleek mid-20th century shapes and vibrant colors, courtesy of an all-female design team led by Dorothy Markwald.

 
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