Where does this leave us?
This leaves us exactly where we are today. In person non-proxy events are far and few between. Such events are only going to become rarer. Maybe in person Eternal Weekends will return as we exit pandemic times.
Do not get me wrong, I am saddened by this, but it is not likely to change for the better any time soon. I sporadically buy singles to stay somewhat up-to-date, but this is really only driven by a personal distaste of proxies.
The analogy that often comes to mind is that of racing cars. Formula 1 racing is not cheap, but there are other categories of racing available with a smaller barrier to entry. Cannot afford Formula 1, but still want some of the experience, leverage a simulator.
The single LGS within several hours of me that ran monthly vintage events permanently closed over the pandemic. If I am lucky another store will experiment with running similar events. If I am unlucky, playing with friends, or somehow convincing (and teaching) my seven year old son to play are the main options.