Visiting the Area
City of Fairhope, Alabama
In 1894, our community was established by a group of adventurous people who came together with a “fair hope of success.” Their experimental community blossomed and grew into a city. Now, more than 100 years later, Fairhope’s “success” is more than apparent in our bustling downtown, spacious parks, and tree-shaded neighborhoods.
We’re not a big city – in fact, Fairhope still retains much of its original small-town ambiance, but Fairhope is unique in many ways. We’re known for our active arts community, exceptional schools, outstanding public services, excellent senior services, and top-notch recreational programs for all ages.
When is the best time to come here?
Now is the best time to be here! See the Calendar of Local Activities for all the events all year long.
JUBILEE!!! The cry is eagerly awaited each summer by Mobile Bay residents. We are excited by the prospect of gigging (catching) hundreds of flounder or catching tubs of crabs in just a few hours. On some occasions it’s primarily flounders that congregate and at other times it’s a “shrimp jubilee” or “crab jubilee” but generally all three species plus a few other fish and eels, are involved.
Jubilees may affect the entire Eastern Shore from Daphne to Mullet Point, a distance of about 15 miles. Or, they may be limited to only a few hundred feet of beach. It is said by many, that Jubilees of this magnitude occur only two places in the world, Tokyo Bay in Japan and right here in Mobile Bay.
For a jubilee to take place, a very specific set of conditions must exist. They usually only occur in the summer before sunrise. The previous day’s weather conditions must include an overcast or cloudy day, a gentle wind from the east, and a calm and slick bay surface. Also, a rising tide is necessary; a change to a falling tide will stop the jubilee. It takes a combination of all these conditions to produce the phenomenon.
Because of a lack of oxygen , jubilee-affected fish and shellfish cannot carry out normal muscular activities, such as swimming. They move slowly and seem reluctant to swim even to escape capture. However, few fish or crustaceans die during jubilees, except for those caught by jubilee enthusiasts. No one knows when or at what area on the beach the next jubilee will occur. Most summers there are several but you can’t even be sure of that! *Information provided by the Auburn University Marine Extension & Research Center and Marriot’s Grand Hotel.