A social center of lesbian life since the early 1950s, when it was the Ace of Spades Club (pictured), run by John and Frances Atkins. The beachcomber décor was in part the work of Jeanne “Frenchie” Chanel. As a club, it was legally bound to limit admission. Anti-gay selectmen would target it for not enforcing membership rules. Perhaps that was why in 1961 the proprietors refused to admit the first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, who was with Gore Vidal when she couldn’t produce ID. Pamela Genevrino and Linda Gerard reopened the place as the Pied Piper in 1971. Susan Webster took over in 1986; added the “After Tea T-Dance,” attracting men; and changed the name in 2000 to PiedBar, which she said draws “a very mixed clientele.”
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