Thanks for posting those, Sam! Question about the headscarves - is it considered 'proper' there for all the women to wear white ones? I actually bought that exact same scarf from their bookstore and it's beautiful in person. I'm just curious why they're all wearing the same scarf.
How welcoming were they to you, someone not born OB?
It's only customary to wear white during the Paschal season or for one of the great feasts, but I think you could probably wear one any Sunday outside of Great Lent. Then most women wear black or purple.
Kelly, if you remember, many moons ago you asked me to send you something detailing my experiences in the Old Rite. Sadly, in part due to my extended absence from the forum, I never got around to it.
To answer your question though, they were very accepting of me despite the fact that I was neither raised Orthodox (I was raised Catholic) or in the Old Rite. The radical element separated from the parish in 1983 when Fr. Pimen sought union with ROCOR, and are still holding priestless services to this day in a chapel a block away from the Church of the Nativity. I think it also helps that our main assistant priest, Fr. Theodore Jurewicz, is himself a convert from Catholicism, and literally everyone knows someone who married a convert.
You may want to check out this interview Fr. Pimen did about five years ago on the history of the church in Erie: http://www.rocorstudies.org/interviews/2010/06/23/erie-pa-june-23-2010-archpriest-pimen-simon-there-is-more-to-our-mission/