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September 4, 2018
Authentic: Clarke Green
Part of what makes Kennett Square unique, says Clarke Green, is its openness to the kind of genius that presents the next unlikely idea. And it’s people like Clarke—creative thinker, writer, actor, filmmaker, generous volunteer, engaged citizen—who help to weave these unpredictable threads into a diverse and flourishing community.
As a longtime resident and 15-year veteran of the planning commission, Clarke has witnessed many iterations of businesses and the renewal and evolution of the Kennett Square, when he first visited in the late seventies that was “in the last gasp of what it once was.” Today, he says, “It’s a very interesting place—an amalgam of wonderful things that happen.” Factors like the town’s geography, Quaker roots, and small government powered by volunteers, all contribute to its character.
Clarke, who can often be seen around town walking his two dogs, gives of his time and talents in many different spheres. He and his wife Teddi have been part of the fun-loving Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) since it began, and Clarke volunteers with various nonprofits. As Scoutmaster of Troop 24 for three decades, Clarke enjoyed watching generations of “motivated, compassionate kids” grow up. Through his blog, podcast, and books for volunteer Scouters, Clarke shares wisdom and experience and encourages others. His best advice for working with young people? “Just be kind and listen.”
Clarke’s popular “Borough Stories,” which he shares on Facebook, are short films chronicling the stories of some of Kennett Square’s fascinating people. His larger goal is to make a film about his father’s service in World War II. Through his own story and those of others of his generation who grew up “playing war,” Clarke wants to explore how the war
“had more influence on our lives than we understood.”
Though no one can predict the next unlikely idea to shape Kennett Square, Clarke will be there to tell the story.