Held at Queen Amy of Exeter’s home, Berkeley, California. All ladies were invited.
“My own lady did not attend, but most of the women I know who attended, such as La Rana and, I think, Leanne, were quite charmed with Amy. She was a friend of a friend of someone who stepped in to be Caradoc's lady when his own lady did not really want to be queen.
“No idea what happened to Amy and the SCA afterwards. I have a memory that says she was a psychologist and/or instructor at Berkeley. If she continued with the SCA for any time, it wasn't in the circles I moved in.
“But then I compared life stories with Cat Yronwode (editor and columnist in the comics business) quite awhile back after we got reacquainted in comics. We had met and corresponded when I was a sophomore in college and she was Cat Manfredi, pre SCA, then lost track for years and years. Comparing stories, I found she had been in Berkeley hanging out with many of the people I knew and even going to SCA events, and I was completely oblivious. Even then, the SCA was getting too big to know everyone ...” – Stefan de Lorraine, who just had another rush of nostalgia. How I love the smell of rattan in the morning!
“I see Countess Amie of Exeter (Pat Crossman) now and then. When Caradoc was King he was about 19 or 20 and he had a girlfriend a bit younger yet and I believe she must not have been willing to be Queen, even though she was active in the SCA. Amie of Exeter (who once told me that she really was born in Exeter, in Devon, England) had a husband & 4 children and was quite a lot older than Caradoc, of course. She was an excellent choice on his part, as she (being a psychologist or therapist of some sort, with experience in working with groups of people) was very much an activist Queen for those times. She helped define the role of Queen of the West as more than just sitting on the throne and smiling at people. She took initiative to organize various activities. (Not that some previous Queens had not also done such things, but I think she helped define a more active role for the position.)” – Robert of Dunharrow
“I'd say that Robert has this exactly right. While many of the previous queens were active and interesting women, they were mostly queen because their boyfriend/husband was king and it was a good excuse to wear a killer dress and get waited on. Amie's tea, for whatever it actually accomplished, was a clarion call that a queen could do something in her own right. Just what could be done is, I imagine, still being defined. Amie showed that there was something to define.” – Stefan de Lorraine, whose own Queen founded the Golden Key, in case it has been forgotten. (Hmm, or did she do this as Chatelaine?)
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