Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis


The Mystery in the Attic

by Carol Spearman, Becketwood Member In 2000, an abandoned farmhouse on a lake in Sylvan Shores near Staples, MN became available for sale. When I immediately wanted to consider buying it, Rowland thought I was looking at an investment property to renovate and sell.  Given its position on a beautiful lake, on a half acre […] Read More

The Man and the Saint behind Becketwood

by Karen Fitzpatrick, Becketwood Member We who reside here at Becketwood might not reflect very often on the source of the name for this lovely spot amid massive oaks and colorful gardens. For me, today, December 29, is a day to recall the man behind the name. As a 19-year-old in the process of becoming […] Read More

Life and Work of Johan Sebastian Bach

by Rita Juhl, Becketwood Member A mid-November Becketwood Vespers service featured the sublime music of J. S. Bach, with organist Rita Juhl. Rita’s Meditation informed us about Bach’s life journeys and challenges. An enormous number of people would evaluate J. S. Bach as being one of the most influential musicians of all time. His music […] Read More

End of Gardening Season…or Not

November 2018 By Naomi Jackson, Becketwood Member I’ve been asked several times if I’m glad the gardening season is over. In late October I pondered the question as I wandered through the Member gardens and Fernwood Glen. I have two answers: not really, and it isn’t over. Right up until the hard frost I was […] Read More

Sweet Autumn Celebration

By Tracy Gulliver, Becketwood Member In 2016, Becketwood celebrated autumn by renting a cider press to produce our own apple cider. It was such a success, we held the second annual Apple Cider Day in 2017. Earlier this year, Bob Kirk, an organizer of the event, asked the workshop committee if they would consider making […] Read More