By Carleton Varney
Special to the Daily News
For a more informal gathering, home-furnishing stores today offer lots of items emblazoned with the colors of American flag, from place mats to paper napkins. There also are many American flag fabrics that can be used as runners for the center of your Fourth of July dinner table or the luncheon table outside where your guests will enjoy their barbecue.
On a more somber note — This Fourth of July is tugging at my heart. I had been scheduled to put on my Uncle Sam costume and lead the Independence Day parade in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., the home of The Greenbrier resort and a favorite summer destination for many Palm Beachers. My company, Dorothy Draper & Co., has for many years been the resort’s official decorating firm, a professional relationship I treasure.
As you might know, White Sulphur Springs was among the areas devastated by last week’s terrible floods. The Greenbrier was damaged and is temporarily closed, and its upcoming golf tournament, The Greenbrier Classic, was canceled after the resort’s course and other recreational facilities were flooded. The Independence Day parade also has been canceled.
Yet many families in the area suffered greater losses in terms of lives and property. More than 20 people across the state died as a result of the flooding.
My heart goes out to those affected by the tragedy. The Greenbrier’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign is helping those who need assistance with food and cash donations, working in partnership with the local Rhema Christian Center. Those who wish to donate or learn more can visit TheRhemaLife.com.