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Winterthur for families

Designed in the spirit of 18th- and 19th-century European country houses, Winterthur was the beloved home of Henry Francis du Pont and his family throughout the 20th century. The lavish country estate in Winterthur, Del., is offering a new tour, "Once Upon a Family," about the home life of du Pont, his wife, Ruth, and their daughters, Pauline and Ruth.

Geared to families with children ages 4 to 12, the tour allows visitors to explore the mansion's antique-filled rooms (85,000 antiques, to be exact), spaces where the du Ponts worked, played and entertained, and the garden. Historic photos will introduce visitors to the du Ponts, and tour guides will narrate, offering insight on the du Ponts' house parties and outdoor activities.

Tours are offered at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at Winterthur, Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Del. "Once Upon a Family" tours are part of the Winterthur Experience package, which includes one guided tour, admission to exhibition galleries, the Enchanted Woods, the children's garden and the Touch-It Room. Tickets are $20; $18 students and seniors; $10 ages 2-11. Call 800-448-3883 or visit www .winterthur.org.

Take the icy plunge

You're tough. You can take it. Brave the frigid water and make a splash Saturday at the Deep Creek Dunk at Deep Creek Lake in McHenry. The annual event is sponsored by the Maryland State Police, and proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Maryland. To participate, you need a minimum of $50 in pledge donations. Participants then receive an official Deep Creek Dunk sweat shirt, a free meal and a group photo. There will also be a post-dunk party for all attendees.

Participants who raise $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 or higher receive even more cool gifts. Prizes will also be awarded to the three participants who raise the most money, the law enforcement officer who raises the most money and the participant with the best costume. So put on that tutu, get out the paintbrush and decorate yourself for a worthy cause.

The Deep Creek Dunk begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, with registration at noon, at Deep Creek Lake, U.S. 219, McHenry. $50 minimum donation. Call 800-541-7544, Ext. 3010 or visit www.somd.org.

Wheel appeal

Ocean City will be all about hot cars and smooth tunes this weekend. The Ocean City Convention Center will be overrun by the Hot Rod and Custom Car Show tomorrow through Sunday. Custom and classic show cars and specialty vehicles will be on display. Also at the Convention Center is the Rock, Rhythm and Do Wop Concert Saturday. Concert-goers can hear the timeless hits of the Platters featuring Monroe Powell, the Vogues, the Foundations and Gene Vincentt and the Cadillac Cruisers.

The car show runs 4 p.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $7; $5 seniors and students; free for ages under 10. The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday. $25-$35. All events at the Ocean City Convention Center, 40th Street and Coastal Highway. Call 800-OC-OCEAN or visit www.ococean.com.

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