WACO, Texas (KWTX) – It’s safe to say that Chip and Joanna Gaines have put Waco on the map with their “Magnolia magic,” however, craftsman Clint Harp is embarking on a new adventure in hopes to keep Waco on the map.
Harp, who shot to fame as the carpenter on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” also owns a shop, Harp Design Co., in Waco, and he speaks on home shows across the country, inspiring others. to get his hands dirty, he created the “Man UnMade” podcast, and he continues to host the “Restoration Road” show on Magnolia Network.
Now the Wacoan is going further to bring something new to his town.
“I imagined it in my mind at some point somewhere in the middle of the pandemic when I was doing my own podcast,” Harp told KWTX. “I think Waco needs more things to do, and I wanted to throw my hat in the ring and say ‘what can I contribute to this?’ apart from everything I do.
“Everyone comes: you want to be at the Silos, you want to experience all that Waco has to offer, but sometimes the nightlife…there’s not much going on,” Harp said.
Harp brought some “life” to Waco on Saturday night in the form of a concert-style conversation event at the historic Waco Racetrack with guests Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland from the popular “Pantsuit Politics” podcast.
“Highlighting experts is something I really enjoy,” Harp said. “I love learning from people like Sarah and Beth – someone said to me ‘you get your news from Sarah and Beth’…I said ‘no, I get my news from Sarah and Beth.’ “
“Pantsuit Politics” was named one of Apple’s Top Podcasts of 2021.
“Texas has been so supportive of our podcast,” Silvers said. “Every time we come to Texas we have really interesting conversations, Texas politics are fascinating, and we talk a lot about how to talk in families where politics changes where people are maybe on different pages , and the Texas public has just been really receptive to that.
“I really think it resonates with people because we’re not afraid to bring a bit of joy into the conversation, and the nice thing about our events is that it never feels like a performance, the questions what the audience poses are really important to us,” she said.
It was a night of laughs, making some serious topics not so serious with cheerful banter delivered through the eyes of two moms from different sides of the political spectrum.
“What we always want to do is just create a little curiosity with people, a little connection with people and a little space for them to maybe have that conversation that they’ve been dreading, or maybe reconnect with that person who got angry on Facebook. position, that’s what we’re always looking for,” Holland said.
“People are hurting, and they’re just hurting, they’re feeling disconnected from their communities, from their family members, from their friends, maybe they’re feeling disconnected at work, and we have a new book coming out where we’re really trying to talk to that,” she said.
Their new book, What Now? How to Move Forward When We’re Divided (About Virtually Everything), offers advice on how to connect over differences in today’s world of conflict.
According to Harp, this advice is especially needed in Waco, where people have to do what is regularly talked about nationally in terms of “getting along” with their neighbor.
“There are certain places in our country where it’s like you know ‘this is how it is,’ and here in central Texas — you don’t know, honestly you don’t know,” Harp said. “We have to straddle that line with people and bridge gaps and divides and all the time.”
Harp hopes to make events like this a “regular thing” by bringing a series of guest conversations to Waco in the future.
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