INTERVIEW WITH A WATERMELON CARVER: ADRIENNE SCRIMA


Adrienne Scrima is just one semester away from officially being an alumna of Grove City College in western Pennsylvania. When the young journalism student isn’t buried in the stacks at the library or grabbing a latte on campus, she enjoys a good challenge, which is why she started carving watermelons.

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Photo courtesy of Adrienne Scrima

I had the chance to catch up with the Staten Island-native to find out how she got into carving and what’s next for her.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF. WHEN YOU’RE NOT CARVING WATERMELON, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO?

I’m a journalist finishing up my last semester of school. I also have a side business selling four leaf clovers!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START CARVING WATERMELON?

A few years ago, I saw a carved watermelon online and immediately wanted to try my hand at it. I was decent at carving pumpkins, so it looked like a fun challenge.

WHAT SORT OF CARVINGS DO YOU LIKE TO CREATE?

All my creations have been for events, so I make sure that the watermelon carving fits the occasion. For instance, my designs include a church logo for a barbeque, a “50” for a birthday hangout, and a track shoe for a teammate’s grad party. I’ll note that none of these were commissioned — most weren’t even expected by the guests.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE WATERMELON CARVING?

Probably my first one because I still get flack about the circumstances of its making. I have a twin sister and so we shared a high school graduation party. On the day of the party, I spent about four hours making the watermelon while she labored to set up for the party. She wasn’t happy about that.

WHEN IT COMES TO EATING WATERMELON, DO YOU PREFER CHUNKS OR WEDGES?

Definitely chunks!

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU AS A CARVER? WHAT WILL YOU BE CARVING THIS YEAR?

We’ll see what I get invited to! Once I figure out the occasion, I’ll try to make a fitting design while attempting something new.

UP NEXT: A FASCINATING AND DELICIOUS HISTORY LESSON


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