Kern County Scottish Society
Fàilte (Welcome)

Fàilte (Welcome)

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.
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   Upcoming Schedule of Events
January 24, 2015 
American Legion Post 26
2020 H Street
, CA
Burns' Supper  
April 18, 2015
Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 S P Street
Bakersfield, CA
KCSS Games, Gathering
& Ceilidh (Scottish Party)
October 2015  CSUB Amphitheatre
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield CA
Celtic Music Festival


Become a member today!

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 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 the below Membership Form (pdf).  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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Pay on-line using your Pay Pal account
(Note:  you will also need to make sure to complete and send us the new/updated membership form).

  Individual Membership   $35
  Family Membership        $50

Donations - Thank you for your generous donation to:    
  KCSS-General Fund

  KCSS-Scottish Games

   KCSS-Music Fest
  KCSS-Jameson Center  
  KCSS-Highland High Pipe Band  

  KCSS-Kern County Animal Shelter  


Scottish & Celtic Websites and Friends of the Kern County Scottish Society

Celtic Music
Banshee in the Kitchen
Neil O'Neill
Peter Daldry
Stag and Thistle Pipe Band
Tehachapi Mountain Pipes & Drums
Tehachapi Police Pipes & Drums
The Skirl O' The Pipes

Wicked Tinkers
Whiskey Galore

Fiddlers Crossing   Celtic traditional music books, recordings and videos - venue that features celtic musicians.
Caber Records     Bagpipe music - The "Weavers of the Tartan" bagpipe music by Scott Cawthon.

Celtic Stores

Linda Clifford
Highland X Press and Highland X Press on Facebook
Scots Connection 
Sport Kilt
The Tartan Patch 
MacKinnon's Kilts 

O'More Clan 
Clan Scott of California 
Clan Campbell

Scottish Athletics
Scottish American Athletic Association (new)
North American Scottish Games Athletics
Scottish Heavy Athletics

Scottish Societies
Caledonian Club of Sacramento
Saint Andrew Society of Southern California
Scottish Society of Central California
South Bay Scottish Society
Scottish Society of Southern California

Kings Celtic Heritage Society

Northern California Celtic Societies

Guide to Isle of Skye (.com)
Guide to Isle of Sky (.net)

Pipers for hire and/or Lessons
Linda Snoddy  661-979-4365
James Carmichael
Christopher Parke
Doug Burdick:    661-431-3857
Dustin Mazone:  661-619-6120
John Partanen:   661-817-5950

Other Fun in and Information Links

Irish Heritage Club of Bakersfield
Free St. Patrick Day's E-Cards
Camp Kiya
   A music camp for the whole family, from beginners to advanced.
Atmospics Ltd  
 Landscape greeting cards & photographs from Scotland
Gaelic 101 will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the home of Carl Guilford, 2630 Sunset Avenue, Bakersfield, and on each Thursday thereafter.  Each lesson will last approximately one hour.  The text for the course will be "Teach Yourself Gaelic:  A Complete Course for Beginners" with the accompanying CDs, by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor.  Text and CDs are available through Barnes & Noble. We will also use Carl's personal DVDs "Speaking Our Language" for reinforcement and supplemental learning.  Questions?  Contact - Carl Guilford

Please send contact us if you would like to be added to this list.  Please provide your contact information and category. 

Kern County Scottish Society, Inc.
Located in the historic Kress Building
1401 19th St. Suite 105
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Kern County Scottish Society Board of Directors
Chieftain - Karen Abercrombie

Immediate Past Chieftain - Tony Urzanqui
Vice Chieftain - Bruce Marshall
Vice Chieftain - Marty Brownfield
Vice Chieftain - David Stroud
Treasurer/Vice Chieftain - Lisa Stroud
Secretary/Vice Chieftain - Kristi Wood
Board Members: Gary Lockhart, Jan Lockhart, Ted Nelson,
Holly Nelson, Erich Rodgers, Lori Figard, John Olinger, Joshua Manion

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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