Our favorite weekend of the year has always been Christmas by the Sea… the second weekend of December. The Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce has worked really hard to make the weekend special and magical! The town looks absolutely dazzling….the shop owners and restaurants have transformed the town into a beautiful winter wonderland with lights and decorations to get you into the festive feeling that brings joy and hope to our visitors. Yes, it will be different this year…but isn’t everything different? The safety of everyone in town is THE most important issue, so the traditional activities that everyone looks forward to might not be happening…but that’s ok…because there are other events going on to make you smile. Your favorite shops are open and ready to help you find the perfect gifts. We are all depending on our customers to shop local.

Speaking of local…the town of Ogunquit is so lucky to have some very talented residents who call this town home. We are excited to announce that two of these residents will be personalizing their books for the holidays.

Matt Tavares will be joining us for our virtual/re-imagined book signing event through December 13th. Matt has graciously offered to sign and personalize his books including NYTimes Bestsellers list Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever. His other books will also be available including Red and Lulu, Growing up Pedro, Becoming Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron’s Dream and his NEWEST book called BEN of all trades. He is a master of story telling and his illustrations are magical. Matt’s holiday books convey the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love. Don’t miss this opportunity to add one of his a signed books to your collection.

Ogunquit resident and author Brenda Yorke Goodale has also offered to personalize her two books which are based in Perkins Cove. Brenda is the author of “Pride of Perkins Cove” and her newest book called “Mermaid Under the Bridge”. Her new book features Ogunquit town residents and, of course, our own celebrity dogs! “Mermaid Under the Bridge” continues the story of Jack and his adventures in Ogunquit.


The books will be available to pre-order via phone or in store by filling out a form with the personalization information of each book purchased. Matt will be signing books weekly, so order by phone and pick up the next time you visit Ogunquit.

So call us and order your books over the phone and you will be able to pick them up during the Christmas By the Sea weekend.

What to do:
Pre-order the books you would like personalized from the Village Toy Funatic BEFORE December 10th. You can do this by calling the store 207-646-7728 or by visiting the Village Toy Funatic in person to view the books being offered at 232 Main Street Ogunquit ME Include any personalization (name only!) with your order, and Matt /Brenda will inscribe and sign them.

We will have a limited number of books so order early to assure availability. (we will post if we start to get close the limit, so order with confidence)

Books will be available to pick up by December 11th. If you are unable to pickup your books we can ship your purchase directly to you! (shipping charges will apply-please ask for more info)

So give us a call at 207-646-7728 to purchase your copies of these wonderful books.