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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'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.

Smarty XmasCard

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.

Doubling Down on Lady Luck Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World

October 2016

Feeling lucky? Pompano Beach, Fla. officials sure are. They’re betting a recently sunken former New York City tanker will become a scuba diving hot spot as well as providing a much needed boost to south Florida’s fragile coral reefs.LadyLuck 2

Formerly known as Newtown Creek, the 324-foot vessel was scuttled on July 23 about a mile and a half east of the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Holes were strategically cut into the wreck and prefilled with water so the ship would only need a minimal amount of water to sink.

The rechristened “Lady Luck” is the centerpiece of Shipwreck Park, a series of 16 other ships-turned-reefs, brimming with an array of marine life. With whimsical pieces of art on its deck, Lady Luck is expected to be one of the most popular and accessible major dive sites in the country. Free to divers with their own boats, Lady Luck is projected to attract 35,000 participants each year.

The 2,557-ton Newtown Creek’s propellers-- at seven feet in diameter-- were powered by twin 1,500 horsepower diesel engines. It has fine lines and a sharp bow with a beam of 49.6 feet. The lovely grey hulled coastal tanker traversed New York Harbor’s waters for close to a half century hauling sludge.

"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.

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