| The Columbus Dispatch
The long-time host of “This Old House,” the ground-breaking home-improvement television show, will appear — virtually — at the Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show on Saturday.
Kevin O’Connor, who has been host of the PBS show since 2003, last appeared at the Columbus show two years ago. On that occasion he was here in person, of course.
“I do a lot of home shows, but this is my first virtual one,” said O’Connor, 52.
“But I think people understand why that’s necessary this year, and know exactly what to expect.”
Because of the pandemic, this year’s home and garden show will be online and on demand. The show will be live online Thursday through Saturday and the online exhibit hall will remain open through the end of the month.
Register for the show at DispatchHomeandGardenShow.com. Guests who pre-register by Wednesday will receive one free ticket to attend the Spring Dispatch Home & Garden Show presented by Ohio Mulch.
At this year’s online event, guests can still explore home-improvement ideas, talk in real time with knowledgeable local craftspeople and contractors and check off some of the items on their home-improvement project list.
And, as in previous years, celebrity guests, including O’Connor, will be making appearances.
O’Connor is scheduled to speak to the online audience at 11 a.m. on Saturday and answer questions beginning at 11:30 a.m.
“This Old House” celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
“It’s the longest running (home-improvement) show, and, without trying to thump our chest, it’s not just something that’s barely hanging on,” O’Connor said.
“It’s still the most highly watched.”
O’Connor was a corporate banker when he and his wife wrote a letter to This Old House magazine asking for help with wallpaper. The couple appeared in a segment of