Little Rhody takes the big stage; featured in GMA’s “Rise and Shine” series

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – The Ocean State was featured in Good Morning America’s Rise and Shine series Monday morning. The series has its anchors and correspondents visiting all 50 states over the next few months as the nation emerges from the coronavirus.

ABC’s Lara Spencer traveled across Rhode Island speaking to local businesses about how they’re recovering post-pandemic and seeing what the country’s smallest state is all about.

“Thank you for clam cakes, thank you for Saugy dogs, thank you for coffee milk, and thank you, Rhode Island!” Lara Spencer told ABC 6 News.

ABC 6 News caught up with Spencer who says she’s been to Rhode Island many times. Her producer also grew up in the area, so they knew exactly which spots to hit.

“We really feel like we’ve got your tiny, gorgeous state covered. We both had inside scoop on places we love to visit and of course, we’re celebrating Newport and the iconic folk festival.”

The GMA crew started their day at the top of Fort Adams as part 2 of the Newport Folk Festival kicks off.

“It is THE festival,” Spencer said. “It’s also the festival that opens first before anything else. Coachella? No chance. Right here in Rhode Island, the festival is the first to open post-COVID.”

In Newport, they spoke to local fishermen, restaurant owners, and took a look inside the city’s gilded aged mansions. They also stopped by Providence where they spoke to Waterfire’s managing director about the event’s comeback in September.

ABC 6 News asked Spencer what her biggest takeaway from Rhode Island is.

“My biggest takeaway from Rhode Island is that you guys are tough, super resilient, and positive,” Spencer said. “This has been a huge relief for people to see that their fellow Americans are doing okay. Each state, in their own way, has been through a lot, but is on their way back. That’s a really great story to tell and I hope people continue to feel that optimism.”

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