March 13 & 14, 2021
Straight from the mouths of those who were there, Stories on the Sidewalk is a fun, educational walk through history, where colorful and amazing characters from Kern County’s past come alive on the streets of Bakersfield.
Nine stops in downtown Bakersfield will feature actors portraying some of Kern’s most famous and infamous residents, such as Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Donahoe, Rafer Johnson, Father Garces, Fred Maddox, William Hood, Avelino Martinez, Spanish Flu Epidemic, and Dust Bowl Immigrants. These exciting stories of Kern’s rich history, told in riveting, locally written dramatic presentations and performed by local actors, will be right on the streets of Bakersfield.
The journey down Kern’s past will start at the Betty Younger Sculpture Garden (on Truxtun Ave at L Street). Then visitors will walk to some of downtown’s most historic (and some notorious!) locations.
Tours depart every ten minutes and last just under two hours. You will be walking and standing for the entire tour. Sign up for a tour time when purchasing tickets. Please arrive a few minutes prior to your start time to check in. This event may contain some adult language. It’s not recommended for children under eight years old).
Cesar Chavez, written by Louis Medina, performed by Bobby Gamez and Natalia Mercado
Dorothy Donahoe, written by Jennifer Self, performed by Julie Jordan-Scott and Faith Hall
Father Garces, written by Louis Medina, performed by Juan Quinonez
William Hood, written by Jerry Mathes, performed by Trenton Benet
Rafer Johnson, written by Quinn Wilson, performed by Shaquille Hill
Fred Maddox, written by Robert Price, performed by Alex Mitts
Avelino Martinez, written by Lois Henry, performed by Sam Mercado
Dust Bowl, written by Andi Hicks, performed by Verda Varner and her granddaughter
Spanish Flu, written by Neill D. Hicks, performed by Perrin Swanson and Kelsey Morrow
The Arts Council of Kern would like to thank our Sponsors:
- California Humanities
- Kern County Superintendent of Schools
- Melissa Fortune, CPA
- Sue Deininger
- Keith and Jennifer Gardiner
- Jack and Carolyn Pandol
- Andrew and Beth Pandol
- Andrae Gonzalez, City Council