He is the whisky expert at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, famed for its Scotch selection. The seminars are given daily at 1 and 3 p.m., and each class will feature a different selection; get tickets early at the onsite Whisky Tavern.
The new Alex Beaton Stage will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday; it pays tribute to a beloved fixture at ScotsFest, musician Alex Beaton, who has performed at the festival for about 30 years. He suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury last summer, and now faces massive medical expenses. Donations can be made at alexbeaton.com.
Live entertainment will include some of the top names in Celtic folk, rock and comedy, with acts like Sligo Rags, Bad Haggis, Tempest, Highland Way, Brother, the Ploughboys, Neil O'Neil, Those Manning Boys, Christopher Yates, the Raggle-Taggle Harpers, the Granada Hills Highlander Band, the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton, and country dancers and fiddlers.