WHAT BETTER WAY to salute that new branch of the royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, than to take oneself to the castle — no farther than Long Beach — and indulge in the fun of pairing pageantry with current events when the Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center opens Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 9 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Visitors can raise up images of kings, queens, knights and dragons that are commemorated in the 100 or so reproduced burial markers reflecting England’s most fascinating historic treasures. Tracing the metal etchings onto paper using sticks of gold, silver or copper wax results in a work of art that can be matted and framed to hang on the wall. The collection includes iconic lions, feudal folk, Celtic symbols and up-to-the-moment tapestry designs.
Castle Cassidy, created each fall inside St. Luke’s Church, offers Victorian teas against a backdrop that includes a suit of armor and chain mail vest. Cost is $8 for materials. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday; groups may be booked at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Walk-up visitors are welcome from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Luke’s is located at 525 E. Seventh Street, Long Beach.