RI Actress Amanda Clayton of Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong” on LIVE

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

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Amanda Clayton

Johnston native Amanda Clayton was almost ready to give up on her acting dreams when she got the call to travel to Atlanta to meet Tyler Perry and test-read with other actors for the then-new show “If Loving You Is Wrong," an opportunity that has been life and career changing for Clayton. 

Having moved to New York at 19, five days before 9/11, she studied on-camera acting at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and TV opportunities in Hollywood. 

She appeared in Disney’s “John Carter," multiple TV appearances like NCIS: New Orleans, Major Crimes, and The Mentalist, and as Vinny Pazienza’s sister in “Bleed for This” filmed and based right here in Rhode Island.

Clayton just finished a Lifetime Movie “Mommy’s Little Angel”, coming out next year, and finished a role behind-the-scenes as a producer for “Dirty Dead Con Men.”

 “If Loving You Is Wrong” airs Tuesday nights on OWN, listings here. 
 

 

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Smithfield, RI

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Pumpkin picking is a timeless event for families, especially those with young kids who will love to just run around and grab whichever pumpkin looks good to them.

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Leaf Peeping at Green Mountain National Forest 

Stowe, Vermont

One of the cool things about the fall season is the leaves on the trees and the colors that they change too.

According to smokeymountain.com, prime foliage season in New England is late September into early October.

Look forward to an enjoyable walk around the neighborhood and see how many different colors you can pick out, or just enjoy the beauty.

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The Big E 

West Springfield, MA

The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts features a circus spectacular, Mardi Gras parade, agricultural competitions, arts & crafts, food contests, live music, and midway. 

The Big runs from September 14 to September 30. 

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Great Pumpkin Nights at the EcoTarium

Worcester, MA

The Great Pumpkin Festival at the EcoTarium in Worcester is a must attend this fall in New England. 

The event features more than 1000 carved pumpkins, live entertainment, family fun with trick-or-treating, displays and more.

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Sam Adams Octoberfest Beer

Across New England

One of the fun things about the changing of seasons is the changing of beer flavors and with fall comes Sam Adams Octoberfest.

The Oktoberfest idea was born in 1810 when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince's wedding with a 16-day party with a special beer.

Sam Adams builds off of that idea with a beer that is perfect for the season.

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Phantom Gourmet Food Festival

Boston, MA

The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is an event to look forward too and it will be held on September 22 from 12- 4 p.m. on two streets next to Fenway Park.

Tickets are $40 in advance and online and will go up to $50 at the event.

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The New England Patriots Return

Foxboro, MA

The NFL returns and that means that the New England Patriots are back.

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The Patriots kick off their season on Sunday, September 9 at 1 p.m. against the Houston Texans. 

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Apple Picking at Burtt's Apple Orchard

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Columbus Day Festival on Federal Hill

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Filled with great music and even better food, the Columbus Day Festival is a fall event to look forward to every season.

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Fall Boat Ride to Block Island

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Though the summer weather is winding down, there is still great weather coming and great opportunities to get on the ferry and head over to Block Island for the day, or maybe even multiple days.

Fall trips to Block Island are something to look forward too.

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Wearing Fleece

For those nights, or days, where it's just a bit cooler out, there is nothing more comfortable than throwing on a fleece jacket and settling in for a fun day ahead.

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Drinking Apple Cider From Pippin Orchard 

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Attend Waterfire in Providence

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Celebrating Halloween at Factory of Terror 

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Fall Golf at Harbor Lights

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Golf season has not left.

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Harpoon Brewery will hold their 28th annual Octoberfest from September 28 through September 29. 

The event will feature Harpoon brews, bratwursts, chicken dancing and German chocolate cake eating contests as well as Oompah music.

Harpoon Brewery is located at 306 Northern Ave in Boston.

Click here for more information or for tickets.

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Elton John's Farewell Tour at TD Garden 

Boston, MA

Rock n' Roll legend Elton John is bringing his farewell tour to Boston's TD Garden on October 6. 

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see one of the greatest of all time sing songs such as "Bennie & the Jets," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and more. 

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King Richards Faire 

Carver, MA

Dive into history at King Richard's Faire, New England's oldest and largest Renaissance Festival and most beloved annual fall event. Dress up, play games and learn a lot at a fair that is a great fall event for the entire family.

The Fair runs from September 1 through October 21. 

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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

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What better way to spend a fall evening than strolling through Roger Williams Park Zoo and viewing some cool Jack-O-Lanterns. 

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