John Waters spent his first full Provincetown summer, in 1966, here at Aho’s Guest House, with Mona Montgomery and Mary Vivian Pearce, the stars of Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964), one of his earliest movies. “The landlady said we could never have a visitor,” Waters recalled in an interview with Gerald Peary for Provincetown Arts. “What? We’re 20 years old, and thought she was kidding. The first day, we had someone over, and the landlady came in screaming. God, our guest wasn’t staying there or anything! Rather strict!” The landlady, Irma Lester (Batt) Aho, was a Provincetown native who married John Hjalmar Aho, an active member of the Highland Fish and Game Club. They purchased this property in 1961. She was still living here 40 years later.
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