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
1st & 3rd Thursday Night
6 pm until 8 pm
Next Class 8/4
All Saints Church
Parrish Hall
 3200 Gosford Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 
Beginning Scottish Country Dancing Lessons
Come out and shake a leg with Barbara MacKenzie.  Dancers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes and be at least 12 years of age.  Cost is $4 per person and a great way to get in touch with your Scottish roots! 
4th Friday 7pm every month
Friday Aug. 26
All Saints Church
KCSS Office
3200 Gosford Rd.
      Bakersfield, CA       
(unless otherwise scheduled elsewhere)
We will have a free drawing, refreshments, and social updates on upcoming KCSS Events
KCSS General Meeting
Join us - Member or Not!
Jan. 21, 2017
Rabbie Burns Supper
911 20th  Street
Bakersfield, CA 
More Information Coming Soon
Contact us 
March 25, 2017 
Kern County Scottish Games & Gathering  More Information Coming Soon

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.), Kern County Nut Festival (May), Ice Cream Social (July/Aug), an Annual Members Barbecue (Oct), the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival (Oct), Kirkin' o' the Tartan (Nov), Marching in the Bakersfield Christmas Parade, and our Annual Christmas Party (Dec.).

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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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 School Pipe Band  

Useful links to friends and supporters of the Kern County Scottish Society
Contact if you would like to be included in our links                    

Clan Pages

Scottish Clans History 

Scot Clans

Clan Cameron

Clan Scott

Clan Stewart

Clan Campbell


Linda Snoddy 661-979-4365

Doug Burdick 661-431-3857

John Partanen and The Kern County Pipe Band
Call John to find out about joining them on Thursdays at Highland High School

Chris Parke 661-492-9481

James Carmichael 661-821-0493

Other Fun Stuff

Irn Bru

Electric Scotland

Sabal Mo'r Ostaig UHI on the Isle of Skye is the only college of its kind in the world offering further and higher education through the medium of Scottish Gaelic.  Whether you are interested in studying on campus or though distance learning courses are available for beginners to undergraduates and post-graduate courses.  

Kern County Scottish Society, Inc.
P.O Box 41202
Bakersfield, CA 93384

Kern County Scottish Society Board of Directors
Chieftain - Marty Brownfield
Immediate Past Chieftain -Bruce Marshall 
Vice Chieftain - Ted Nelson
Treasurer/Vice Chieftain - Holly Nelson
Secretary/Vice Chieftain - Kristi Wood
Board Members: Karen Abercrombie, Gary Lockhart, Jan Lockhart,  and Chuck McDonald.

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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