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Eat, Drink, Read

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Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, took a year-long sabbatical from her real, messy life. She packed it in, packed it up and took off to find herself. The result: she ate some delish Italian food, found inner peace and wrote a best-selling book based on her experiences. OK, OK, that might be simplifying things a bit (you'll have to read the book to get the whole story), but you get the idea. Don't you wish you could take a year to travel and write? Easier said than done, but you can escape reality for a few hours at the Cabin's Eat, Drink, Read benefit on Thursday, Oct. 7.

There will be no full-body scan to go through. No need to worry about what to do with your cat while you're away. No need to take notes. Simply show up and join fellow "travelers" for an evening of cuisine from Italy, India and Indonesia. Proceeds from live and silent auctions will benefit the Cabin's education fund, which works to fund writing camps and the Writers in the Schools program. Local cowboy poet Sam Mattise will perform some of his work, and a signed copy of his recent book will be among items auctioned off. So there you have it: food, drink, entertainment and the warm fuzzy feeling that you'll get from helping some writer out there find a way to find themselves. Sounds pretty Zen.