The South is getting its own regional Ruby conference: Ruby Hoedown. I like to think of Northern Virginia where I live as being in two worlds: 1. The southwestern most tip of the NorthEast and 2. the northeastern tip of the South. Take your pick. :)
Looks like it’ll be interesting to go to. It’s about 4 and a half hours away from DC in Raleigh, NC at Redhat Headquarters and it’ll be happening on August 10-11.