Oooookay, Eric, there's something interesting going on here, that I'm not sure I understand: I like carousels but for me what's happening in your area at this very moment is way way different.
My lineage of Buddhism has a major Buddhist Center near McDonough, just up the road from Binghamton. There's a major (huge) teaching event going on there right now, with Buddhist Lamas from India and half of the congregation of our Temple from down here in the DC area (including my wife).
In my religion there is no such thing as a coincidence. So what's going on in this thread between you and me?