Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, 2019 ~


“As a little kid, blues meant hope, excitement, pure emotion. Blues were about feelings. They seem to bring out the feelings of the artist and they brought out my feelings as a kid. They made me wanna move, or sing, or pick up Reverend’s guitar and figure out how to make those wonderful sounds.” ― B.B….

Setting Goals for 2019~ Intentions, Expectations for Success!


After reviewing my 2018 highlights and struggles, I’m working through looking towards the next year with a strategic plan for success and moving towards a more inspiring, rewarding, exciting, purposeful, and powerful life full of challenge and I don’t have all the answers, but here’s where I am at this moment: What do I really…

The 2018 Year in Photos & Review


What was time very well spent this year? Self Development, Journaling – I’ve developed the daily habit of journaling my thoughts using the Daily Stoic Journal, as well as a notebook, and now I’m also using the Sweet Ass Journal to Develop Your Happiness Muscle in 100 Days. Journaling has not only helped me better…

Discovering Japanese culture and traditions at the Cherry Blossom Festival


“You will never know the moon or stars, unless you breathe in their solar system and inspect it from many diverse vantage points as possible.” ― Shannon L. Alder The world really is an interesting place in which to discover unique history, inspiring people, and fascinating sights. Although I have my sights set on traveling…

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival 2018


{Photos by Deb Schell created on March 11, 2018} I attended the 5th Annual Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival this past weekend. Check out my photos from some of the artists. More Photos

Art, Music, and Beer!


My Harrisburg Places artwork and new work The City I See: Chaos and Calm, will be on display at the City House B&B starting April 3 – 28, 2017. The City House is located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s capital city, Harrisburg. Right along the banks of the picturesque Susquehanna River, this beautiful and charming urban…

Rachel B


Rachel B, Pittsburgh-based musician, preformed in Downtown Lancaster during the annual festival, Lancaster Celebrate, on June 24, 2016. She’s a great singer/songwriter/musician and a good friend, so when she asked me to photograph her during this event, I was in 🙂 I usually dance to her music, but this time, I danced and photographed. Check…

Kipona 2015


 Pennsylvania’s largest array of arts, activities and entertainment over the Labor Day weekend, the KIPONA Celebration is a festival that provides family fun for all, and is offered FREE on the banks of the beautiful Susquehanna River! The Kipona Festival is one of the oldest waterfront festivals in the United States and features the largest…

Music for Murals


Music for Murals Susquehanna Art Museum and the Mulberry Street Bridge Mural Preservation and Relocation Committee hosted a music festival fundraiser at River City Blues Club & Dart Room August 23.
All funds raised support the preservation and relocation of the much loved Mulberry St. Bridge Murals.

Artsfest 2015


Fantastic weather, great food, wonderful art, and jammin music during this year’s Artsfest. For the third year, I volunteered for the event which brings over 250 artists and a variety of musicians and food vendors to the Susquehanna Riverfront in Harrisburg. Each year that I volunteer, I walk around a sit at various booths to…

Peace Day Philly 2014


PEACE DAY PHILLY Sing-A-Long for Peace at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia ] Peace Day Philly is a local initiative that promotes diverse and meaningful participation across the region in the United Nations International Day of Peace, a worldwide day observed on September 21. Peace Day Philly initiative welcomes Philly area organizations, neighborhoods, community groups, civic…

2nd Annual Philadelphia United Jazz Festival


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival 2014 Photography by Debra Schell/ © Debra Schell / 2014 Photographs available for purchase, photographs only available for personal use, contact Debra for more information on usage of images for promotion and publication. Click HERE for FULL PHOTO GALLERY

Peace Day 2014 Video


Music by Farah Siraj Photographs of past Peace Day Philly events and Images For Peace.

HYP Italian Lake Concert Series – The Villones


Harrisburg Young Professionals is continuing a favorite tradition of live, outdoor music with the Italian Lake Summer Concert Series! The Villones The Villones, Dean and Vicki, have been performing together in a wide variety of venues for over ten years. While their musical skills enable them to perform a large variety of music, in many genres,…

Peace Day Countdown !~


International Day of Peace is less than 2 months away! How will you celebrate? I’m going to be part of Peace Day Philly again this year and to get ready for Peace Day, a group met at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Below are photos from our meeting. I discussed the project I’m working on, Images…

Creekside Soul at Italian Lake


Creekside Soul at Italian Lake on June 22, 2014 Harrisburg Young Professionals presents the annual Italian Lake Summer Concert Series! About Creekside Soul: Reese and Wendy Crane (husband and wife duo) play covers from soulful sounds of Motown and Philly to Nashville-famous tunes. Check them out on Facebook. Two more concerts are schedule in August, details…

Peace Day Philly 2013 Video


Last year I participated in activities during International Day of Peace, and I wanted to document events during Philadelphia’s event that day, Peace Day Philly.  I attended “What Can You Do for Peace?” on Friday (Sept. 20) evening. The event was held at Hawthorn Park in Philly. Several people spoke that night, encouraging the crowd…

Artsfest, Day 3


I enjoyed the jazz music today and just relaxed, taking in the moment without documenting it (for the most part), so I didn’t create many photographs, but here are a few. Make sure to check out Artsfest Day 1, and Day 2 photo blogs. Click here for full photo gallery from all three days of…

Around the World Embassy Tour – Washington D.C.


© Debra Schell/ 2014The Around the World Embassy Tour is a signature event of Passport DC, an annual celebration of international culture in Washington DC that showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others. See the following photos and get a glimpse of the…

The Wedding Singer


THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves…

Acoustic Night at TGIF, Harrisburg


Hey hey, check it out. My local musician friends are now at TGIF on Union Deposit in Harrisburg for an Acoustic Night each Wednesday from 9-12 p.m. Make sure and stop, say hello and grab a drink. Featuring music by Houston Baker, Rhyne McCormick, Mitch Morrill, and John Kelly.

Peace Day Philly, Part 2


Here is the link to Part 1. As I arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday, I felt excited to be part of Peace Day Philly. I wanted to capture amazing people who were showing their support for peace. My plan was to photograph the “Global Minute for Peace” that was being held at Independence Mall between…

Peace Day Philly 2013, Part 1


Peace Day Philly started two years ago. It was a small, local idea, spurred by a global initiative to celebrate and embrace peace in the world. I was one year old in 1981, when Peace Day was adopted unanimously through a United Nations Resolution. It stated that the day should be devoted to commemorating and…

Houston Baker Q&A


      Houston Baker is a Harrisburg-based musician who plays at various locations in the Central Pennsylvania area.  His weekly gig on Tuesday’s is with Rhyne McCormick at MoMo’s BBQ & Grill, located in downtown Harrisburg. He also is playing at Arooga’s each Thursday until the end of the month.        I met Houston while hanging out with…

Kipona


I photographed the Kipona Wine, Arts, and Blues Festival last weekend, what a great time. The hot and humid weather didn’t stop me from getting there. Nor did the fact that I didn’t have anyone to join me, but sometimes the best experiences happen to me when I’m alone. No one to complain, or nag,…