Best of WinterthurEnjoy a slice of Americana, as thick and...

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January 29, 1998|By Jarrett Graver

Best of Winterthur

Enjoy a slice of Americana, as thick and pungent as mom's apple pie, starting this Saturday at the Winterthur Museum's new "Highlights of Winterthur" tour. This one-hour guided tour presents a greatest-hits version of the Winterthur collection through a chronological sequence of rooms showcasing the progression of decorative arts in America from 1640 to 1860. Visitors will be treated to the only set of six silver tankards by Paul Revere known to exist, Chinese porcelain owned by Benjamin Franklin and elaborate bedroom furnishings of the 18th and 19th centuries. Younger patrons are invited to visit the Touch-It Room, where toys, kitchen utensils and other replicas of period objects are on display and ready for play. The former country estate of Henry Francis DuPont (1880-1969), the Winterthur Museum also features a 983-acre garden and research library for the study of American art and culture.

The "Highlights of Winterthur" tour starts this Saturday and runs through Oct. 25 at the Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Del. Cost is $5 in addition to the general admission fee, which is $8; $6 for senior citizens and students; $4 for children ages 5-11 and free for children age 4 and under. Winterthur is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, and is on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington and five miles south of US Route 1. Call 800-448-3883. Red-line your car's engine south this weekend to the "41st Annual World of Wheels" exhibition at the Capital Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. Patrons won't have time to say "viscosity FTC breakdown" as they enjoy the show's hundreds of dragsters, custom hot-rods, antique cars, motorcycles and sport utility vehicles. The three-day event will also provide a chance to rub elbows with both national and local celebrities. Dale Earnhardt appears tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. "Baywatch" star Donna D'Errico will make an appearance on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Washington Redskins' stars Terry Allen and Henry Ellard will sign autographs in separate appearances on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The featured car of the show will be the "Little Deuce Coupe," the 1932 Ford coupe that was immortalized by the Beach Boys' 1963 hit and pictured on the cover of the group's "Little Deuce Coupe" album.

The 41st Annual World of Wheels exhibition and car show runs Friday through Sunday at the Capital Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. Tickets are $9.50, $4 for children under 12 and free for children under 3. Show hours are 5 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10: 30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8: 30 p.m. Sunday. Take I-95 south to I-495 leading toward Northern Virginia. Take Exit 12 and go 11 miles to Exit 9A. Follow Route 28 south for six miles and make a left onto Willard Road, then make the second left into the Chantilly Shopping Center. Call 202-296-7200.

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