When the phone rang at 5 a.m., the immediate worry of some type of emergency was quickly allayed when Lee Rivenbark’s voice was immediately recognized.

“Rivenbark,” Lee announced with the hint of a lilt. “Shrimp jubilee. Pier Street.”

If you’re fortunate enough to be a member of the “jubilee network” on Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore, the pronouncement of a jubilee is short and sweet – meaning time’s a wastin,’ jump out of bed and get to the bay on the double.

This incredible jubilee phenomenon supposedly happens only in a couple of places in the world, but none with the regularity of Mobile Bay.


The discovery of a fawn or baby wild animal by itself may leave people compelled to take action. At the time, picking up the wild animal in an attempt to “rescue” it might seem the right thing to do. Almost without fail, that is the worst course of action. Wild animals in captivity do not fare well.

A recent incident in Cleburne County illustrates this point exactly. A buck that had been picked up as a fawn was in a backyard enclosure. The family’s 12-year-old son, who considered the buck his personal pet, went into the enclosure and ended up in the hospital with serious puncture wounds from the deer’s antlers.


Tired of the hustle and bustle of life? Ready to get away from it all?

There’s likely no place in Alabama better for a little peace and solitude than CheahaState Park this time of year.