The Kern County Scottish Society was established in July 1971. The Society is a non-profit organization formed to promote the rich Scottish heritage and cultural traditions in Kern County. Some of these traditions include: The Highland Games and Gathering (including the Ceilidh), The Celtic Music Festival, Highland and Scottish Country Dancing, Genealogy, Piping and Drumming, Tartans, Highland Dress, High Tea, Robbie Burns' Supper, Gaelic, the native language of the Highland and Islands.
You don't have to be Scottish to join the Society; all that is asked of you is to share an interest in things Scottish. The Society was formed to promote Scottish heritage and cultural traditions in Kern County, and gather for social functions.
The Kern County Scottish Society is a member of the Arts Council of Kern and the Tehachapi Arts Coalition.
Our activities throughout the year include the Robert Burns Night (Jan.), the Bakersfield Scottish Gathering & Games (March/Apr.), Ice Cream Social (July/Aug), an Annual Members Barbecue (Oct), the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival (Oct), Kirkin' o' the Tartan (Nov), Marching in the Christmas Parade, and our Annual Christmas Party.
In 1998, the Society became a non-profit, educational corporation.
If you are interested in joining the Kern County Scottish Society Inc, or just finding out more about it, you are invited to attend any of our general meetings. The General Meetings are on the fourth Friday of each month. Each meeting brings something new for our members, from Scottish Trivia Night, Celtic Karaoke, Movie Screenings, Kilted Bowling, Scottish Clan History, and much more. You can also call KCSS at 661-865-8890 or email for more information.
Your membership enables us to educate the community with numerous events throughout the year. In addition, you will receive our monthly e-newsletter, advance notice of upcoming events, and the opportunity to ensure that our rich Scottish heritage is continued for generations to come.
To Join Us or to Renew Your Membership, please download and complete Membership Form (pdf) below. You can either mail it to our PO Box listed on the form or send your completed form to us via email.
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Kern County Scottish Society, Inc. P.O Box 41202
Bakersfield, CA 93384
Kern County Scottish Society Board of Directors
Chieftain - Bruce Marshall
Immediate Past Chieftain - Karen Abercrombie
Vice Chieftain - Marty Brownfield
Treasurer/Vice Chieftain - Holly Nelson
Secretary/Vice Chieftain - Kristi Wood
Board Members: Jason Kibbey, Gary Lockhart, Jan Lockhart, Ted Nelson,
and David Stroud
Kern County Scottish Society, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c)3 educational organization dedicated to preserving the American Scottish cultural heritage.
Established July 1971. Serving Bakersfield, Kern County and the great San Joaquin Valley of Central California.
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