This past saturday, I too had the opportunity to attend what was called a "regional Assembly" for York Rite Council in my area.
We had close to 40 candidates there and it was great.
The best way I can explaine it is like an open stage theatre.
It was great.
I would recommend York Rite Masonry to everyone.
I will be joining Scottish Rite after I go through the East, (2009)